Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 19:45 pm (KSA) 16:45 pm (GMT)

Dubai ruler's fingerprint painting nets $22m

A painting made of gypsum was sold for AED80 million (22 million dollars) during a charity campaign auction in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The fingerprints of the ruler of Dubai and his children were engraved in the gypsum, according to press reports Friday.

The charity campaign, named “Dubai Giving”, was launched by Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who is also the United Arab Emirates' vice-president, prime minister and defense minister, last September. It aims at providing education for one million poor children around the world.

The painting was bought by chairman of Dubai World Council Dr. Omar Sulaiman, according to Kuwait’s daily Assyasah.

Another painting depicting the first horse race to be held in Dubai and portraying Sheikh Muhammad himself was sold for one million dollars.

At the close of the auction, 28 million dollars in total were raised from objects that included a piece of the black silk curtain that covered the door of the holy shrine in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

So far, Dubai Giving campaign has raised over AED1.5 billion (over $408 million).

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