World’s Largest Painting Sells For $62 Million
British artist Sacha Jafri has had an incredible year. In September, he set the record for creating the world’s largest painting. Last week, the painting was sold for $62 million, which Mr. Jafri will give to charity.
Mr. Jafri is a 44-year-old artist from England. Last year, as the coronavirus spread and many countries went into lockdown, Mr. Jafri was in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Rather than feeling stuck because he was unable to move on, Mr. Jafri decided to take on a huge project that could “make a really big difference.”
He decided to create the world’s largest painting. And he wanted to do it in a way that would involve people from around the world. He asked children to send him pictures showing how they were feeling during the pandemic. He got artwork from kids in 140 different countries.
Using the children’s ideas as a starting point, Mr. Jafri began to paint. He used a huge ballroom (a room for dancing) in a fancy hotel to do his painting. The hotel was closed because of the coronavirus.
The painting is massive – over 17,000 square feet (1,600 square meters). Mr. Jafri planned to cut it up into smaller pieces when he was finished, so he could sell them for charity.
It took Mr. Jafri seven months to create the painting. He worked long hours – often up to 20 hours a day. He hurt his back by bending over so much while he painted. It took over 1,000 paintbrushes and 1,664 gallons (6,300 liters) of paint to create the painting.
Mr. Jafri hoped that his painting, called “The Journey of Humanity”, would help bring the world together during a difficult time. He tried to keep the ideas from the children’s pictures in his mind. He even included the children’s drawings in the artwork.