By Soren Billing
'David Beckham – A Celebration' by artist Sacha Jafri, fetches record price.
A painting of David Beckham’s footprint recently fetched $500,000 at an auction in Doha, it was announced on Thursday.
The painting, showcasing the footballer’s footprint and signature, went under the hammer at the Doha 21st Century Leaders Awards on October 30, according to the organisation responsible for Qatar’s 2022 world cup bid.
The buyer’s name was not revealed.
The work, “David Beckham – A Celebration” by artist Sacha Jafri, is an official record of the Englishman’s achievements both on and off the sporting field.
Jafri’s 7 by 6 ft painting is intended to represent different aspects of the footballer’s life and his Greenwich soccer academy, the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee said.
The picture also includes handprints of footballers John Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Gascoigne, Ruud Gullit, Paul Merson and Gianfranco Zola.
Beckham is expected to arrive in Doha for the November 14 friendly between Brazil and England.
“We’re all very much looking forward to watching the magic of David Beckham’s feet on grass as well as on the canvas,” said the committee’s chief executive, Hassan Abdulla Al Thawadi.