Contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn’s sculpture of an eye sold at The Global Gift Gala for US$55,000 last night. Quinn, who is the son of the actor Anthony Quinn, is a leading figurative sculptor best known for expressive recreations of human hands. “I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body,” he asserts. “The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy.”
The sculpture of an eye was donated to the gala, which was part of Dubai International Film Festival’s programme. Proceeds from the sale are planned to the UAE-based philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares and The Global Gift Foundation, Eva Longoria Foundation and Sunrise K’ Foundation as charity beneficiaries in support of their humanitarian efforts worldwide, with the support Mashreq Private Banking.