The world’s biggest canvas painting, “The Journey of Humanity”, has been sold for almost 228 million dirhams or $62 million dollars at a Dubai auction, making it one of the most expensive works of art ever sold. The artwork made by British painter Sacha Jafri measures almost the size of four NBA basketball courts, covering 17,000 square feet. Jafri created the artwork to raise money for children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He divided the artwork into 70 parts and initially thought of selling the panels separately amounting to a total of $30 million. The artwork was sold in March to a Dubai-based businessman Andre Abdoune who bid more than double the amount to purchase all the paintings for a total of $62 million.

The proceeds from the auction shall be donated to various organizations such as UNICEF and UNESCO as part of Jafri’s “Humanity Inspired” initiative. He mentioned the sale as “a moment for humanity” in a press release by Dubai Cares. According to the British painter, he had a vision to reconnect the broken planet through the hearts, minds, and souls of the children of the world. He added that the donation is a step closer towards this vision, thanks to Abdoune.