Middle East

Dubai auction of Islamic treasures raises $11M for refugees

  • In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 photo, an Emirati man talks on his mobile phone next to the "R Dubai 10" license plate in its glass case, which was one of many items displayed in the Emirates Auction to be sold for AED 9.7 million ($ 2.65 million) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An auction to raise money for books for refugee children has raised more than $11 million in Dubai, including the sale of a more than 100-year-old covering from the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray toward in Mecca.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 photo, an Emirati man talks on his mobile phone next to the "R Dubai 10" license plate in its glass case, which was one of many items displayed in the Emirates Auction to be sold for AED 9.7 million ($ 2.65 million) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An auction to raise money for books for refugee children has raised more than $11 million in Dubai, including the sale of a more than 100-year-old covering from the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray toward in Mecca. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 photo, Emirati men chat in front of a poster ahead of the Emirates Auction for supporting the Reading Nation Campaign, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An auction to raise money for books for refugee children has raised more than $11 million in Dubai, including the sale of a more than 100-year-old covering from the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray toward in Mecca.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 photo, Emirati men chat in front of a poster ahead of the Emirates Auction for supporting the Reading Nation Campaign, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An auction to raise money for books for refugee children has raised more than $11 million in Dubai, including the sale of a more than 100-year-old covering from the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray toward in Mecca. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 photo, an Emirati woman takes a photo of an item displayed during the Emirates Auction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An auction to raise money for books for refugee children has raised more than $11 million in Dubai, including the sale of a more than 100-year-old covering from the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray toward in Mecca.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 photo, an Emirati woman takes a photo of an item displayed during the Emirates Auction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An auction to raise money for books for refugee children has raised more than $11 million in Dubai, including the sale of a more than 100-year-old covering from the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray toward in Mecca. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

An auction to raise money for books for refugee children has raised more than $11 million in Dubai, including the sale of a more than 100-year-old covering from the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray toward in Mecca.

The piece, woven with gold and silver, sold Tuesday evening for $572,000 and came from the private collection of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

An early 19th Century Indian-Mogul manuscript of the Quran and a 17th Century handwritten copy each sold for $68,000. Five unique Dubai car plate numbers sold for a total of $7 million.

The Reading Nation Ramadan campaign, organized by Dubai as a charity initiative during the Muslim holy month, aims to donate 7.3 million books and establish 2,000 school libraries in Arab countries and refugee camps.