Auction of Malala Yousafzai portrait by British artist Yeo expected to bring $60,000

Published: April 18, 2014

A gallery worker poses with a painted portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, by Jonathan Yeo at the National Portrait Gallery in central London on September 10, 2013. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 doing her homework.

It’s 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 travelled 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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