World’s largest painting raises £45m for children’s charities

Photograph: Getty Images Sacha Jafri (centre) worked solidly on the painting on his own for eight months

British artist Sacha Jafri created the world’s largest painting which sold for £45m to raise funds for children’s charities.

He spent eight months painting the 1,600 sq m (17,000 sq ft) artwork in a deserted hotel’s ballroom in Dubai.

He initially planned on selling it in 70 parts, but French cryptocurrency businessman Andre Abdoune has bought the whole work.

The full $62m (£45m) would go to Dubai Cares, Unicef, Unesco and the Global Gift Foundation to help disadvantaged children in countries like Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa, Sacha Jafri said.