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Christie's to auction portrait of Malala by Yeo

  • Associated Press
  • April 18, 2014 - 10:50 AM

NEW YORK — A portrait of a Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for championing education for girls will be auctioned next month.

The oil painting by Jonathan Yeo shows Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye) doing her homework.

It is being donated by the artist to benefit the Malala Fund, which campaigns for girls' education.

Christie's New York is offering the portrait on May 14. It's expected to bring $60,000 to $80,000.

It was painted months after the then-15-year-old Malala was shot as she traveled to school in 2012.

President Barack Obama called Malala the "bravest girl in the world."

She now lives in England.

Yeo is a portrait painter. His works are in the Royal Collection and the National Portrait Gallery in London, among others.

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