Live auction of rare art objects to raise funds in Dubai for 100 million meals


Proceeds from the auction will go to the “100 Million Meals” campaign, the region’s largest food donation campaign.
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Dubai: Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) will organize charity art auctions to raise funds for the “100 Million Meals” campaign.

The live auction, to be held at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah in Dubai on Saturday, will feature a piece of Kaaba (Kiswa) cover, embroidered in gold and silver, donated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. There will also be rare works of art by world-renowned artists and personalities, including Pablo Picasso, Nelson Mandela, Salvador Dali and Henri Matisse. The live auction will also see Hollywood actor Will Smith reveal a painting in collaboration with Anglo-Indian artist Sacha Jafri.

Extended scope

Proceeds will go to the “100 Million Meals” campaign, the region’s largest food donation campaign, which aims to deliver food packages to underprivileged individuals and families in 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. ‘Africa during Ramadan. Food distribution operations expanded to 10 more countries after campaign strategic partner Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRCH) announced funding and implementation of food aid operations in a new list of countries in Africa, Asia and South America.


One of the works from the auction.
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Simultaneously, a silent auction is taking place from April 19 to 30, with 53 items on display, including jerseys signed by international football stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Nicolas Anelka and Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal. The online auction will allow the public to bid on exclusive winning experiences such as attending the famous Formula 1 race in Monaco or Abu Dhabi, watching the Northern Lights in Lapland, spending a holiday in the Italian countryside of Tuscany and experience weightlessness and floating. in a vacuum like astronauts do.

Organized in collaboration with Maupy Auction, the live and silent auctions of the MBRGI aim to bring together collectors and art enthusiasts and offer the public a unique opportunity to own rare and precious objects, while making a donation for a good cause.

Collaborative art

The live auction will see the revelation of a unique collaborative work between Hollywood star Will Smith and Anglo-Indian artist Sacha Jafri. The painting features an extra coat on top of one of Jafri’s iconic canvas panels inspired by his $ 62 million painting “The Journey of Mankind,” which broke the Guinness World Records for “more large art canvas “.

A unique opportunity to own one of the world’s most valuable works of art created in collaboration by two living legends and world leaders in their chosen fields: artist Sacha Jafri and actor Will Smith.

Important works

The in-person public auction will feature works by the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, such as the Swallowtail, in addition to a rare collection of gold and silver medallions designed by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.


David Hockney’s painting ‘The Sailor’ will be on display.
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David Hockney’s paintings ‘The Sailor’ and ‘In Front of House Looking West’ will be on display alongside the paintings ‘Untitled’ and ‘Characters, Bird’ by Joan Miró, ‘Fleurs dans un vase’ (Flower in a vase) by Henri Matisse, as well as the drawing “Study of faces: Virgin, child and profile of man” by Salvador Dali.

Philanthropists around the world keen to bring food aid to millions of underprivileged people can find out more about the live auction at


The MBRGI Virtual Silent Auction will feature 53 items, including unique works of art, exclusive experiences and collectibles from leading personalities. The public can view and bid on items through April 30 at

Rare collectibles

The charity auction series features personal collections of world leaders including Sheikh Mohammad, late South African President Nelson Mandela and other celebrities such as international football stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Nicolas Anelka and the star of Spanish tennis Rafael Nadal.

Coinciding with the distribution of food

The auctions coincide with the food distribution operations of the “100 million meals” campaign which had already started in several countries. The campaign aims to reach 30 countries, as part of the UAE’s contribution to global efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition. The United Arab Emirates, through its humanitarian initiatives, is committed to providing relief and support to the needy and the afflicted, to spreading hope and to mitigating the effects of crises and disasters.

Other donation channels

There are four ways businesses, business people and the public can donate to the “100 Million Meals” campaign. First, on the campaign website; second, by making a transfer to the campaign bank account via the Dubai Islamic Bank (AE08 0240 0015 2097 7815 201); third, by texting a “meal” to the UAE-specified numbers (Du or Etisalat) listed on the website; and fourth, by contacting the campaign call center toll free at 8004999.


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