| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Drawings by Nelson Mandela, Matisse painting to be auctioned for UAE’s 100 Million Meals campaign

A live art auction is set to be held at Dubai’s Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah in a bid to raise funds for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ campaign, which aims to deliver meals to those in need across 30 countries this Ramadan.

A rare piece of the Kaaba cover, embroidered in gold and silver, donated by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum will headline the action.

Other highlights include two rare drawings by the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Henri Matisse’s “Fleurs dans un vase,” a set of seven 23-carat gold medallions by Pablo Picasso as well as Salvador Dali’s “Etude de visages: Madonna, enfant et profile d’homme.”

David Hockney’s “In Front of House Looking West” and “Matelot Kevin Druez 2” will also go up for auction, alongside two works by Joan Miró.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority will head the list of attendees that include Florian Picasso, the great grandson of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso; Sacha Jafri, Guinness World Records Holder and British Artist; Mona Kattan, Co-Founder of Huda Beauty & Kayali Fragrances; German Tennis Player Borris Becker; and Marjorie Harvey, wife of American TV host Steve Harvey.