News ID: 302851
Published: 0351 GMT May 07, 2021

Auction featuring artworks by Picasso, Dali and Mandela raises €8.2 million for charity

Auction featuring artworks by Picasso, Dali and Mandela raises €8.2 million for charity

An online auction of artworks in Dubai, which included pieces from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Nelson Mandela, raised €8.2 million for charity.

The event, held at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah hotel, saw art-loving philanthropists dig deep into their pockets to support the 100 Million Meals campaign.

The initiative is the biggest food drive in the MENA region and, as its name suggests, aims to provide 100 million meals for disadvantaged individuals and families in 20 different countries, reported

As well as works from legendary artists’ pieces from iconic individuals not best known for their artistry were featured in the auction.

Two works by Mandela titled, ‘Swallow’ (black and white) and ‘Swallow’ (line drawing) sold at the auction for €223,000.

Also featured in the auction was a piece from one of the most celebrated artists of all time, Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali.

The artwork titled, ‘Study of Faces: Madonna,’ which was created around 1954 and measures just 30 x 22.7cm, sold for €91,000.

Pablo Picasso was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and his masterpieces are some of the most notable in history.

The lot up for auction was made up of seven medallions in 23-carat gold, which were created in 1956.

Picasso worked in collaboration with goldsmith Francois Hugo to produce them and they had remained in a private collection until the sale.

Pablo Picasso’s great-grandson, Florian Picasso, was present at the auction to see the fruits of his great-grandfather’s work auctioned off.

One of the highlights of the evening was the auction of a piece from the private collection of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and ruler of Dubai.

He donated the ‘Kiswa,’ which raised €2.2 million for the 100 Million Meals initiative.

British artist Sacha Jafri, who is a Dubai resident and holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Art Canvas in the World, raised the most money on the night with one part of his ‘The Journey of Humanity’ painting selling for almost €3.5m.

It collaborated with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, Food Banking Regional Network, the United Nations World Food Programme and humanitarian organizations in beneficiary countries.

The UN set the goal of ending all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people have sufficient and nutritious food all year.



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