The largest painting in the world has been auctioned in Dubai for an amount of 62 million dollars (about 52 million euros), the organizer of the auction announced on Tuesday.

It is a work by the British painter Sacha Jafri.

The journey of humanity

, as the work is called, consists of seventy parts and measures 1,595.76 square meters, the area of ​​nearly four basketball courts.

According to the auction organizers, the proceeds of $ 62 million were double the amount previously anticipated.

Proceeds will go to charities that help children.

André Abdoune, a Frenchman living in Dubai, bought all seventy parts Monday at the auction at the Atlantis The Palm resort.

The work was exhibited in the ballroom of the luxurious hotel.

Initially the intention was that the painting would be sold in parts.

"The painting was very powerful when I saw it, and in my view it would have been a mistake to separate the parts," said Abdoune, owner of a cryptocurrency company and former stock trader.

Artist Jafri first hoped to raise $ 39 million for health initiatives, plumbing and education projects for children in poor parts of the world.

Children from 140 countries contributed online to the largest painting.