Malala Portrait Sells for $103K; Money Going to Nigeria Girls
Her charity will use the money for education in that country
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2014 6:38 PM CDT
The portrait by Jonathan Yeo of Malala Yousafzai.   (AP Photo / Jonathan Yeo, British National Portrait Gallery, File)

(Newser) – A British artist's portrait of Malala Yousafzai—the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education—sold for $102,500 at auction today at Christie's. Sale proceeds will go to the Malala Fund charity, and the fund said the money would in turn be given to Nigerian nonprofits that focus on education for women and girls in the wake of the kidnapping of more than 300 schoolgirls in that country. Jonathan Yeo painted Yousafzai in 2013 after she started attending a school in Birmingham, England, where she now lives.

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May 15, 2014 2:33 PM CDT
there are NO 300 kidnapped girls....just a way to get money
May 14, 2014 10:20 PM CDT
Note to all you hashtag activists out there that think your tweets on Twitter are making a difference: this is how change happens. This real sum of money is going to be used and has a chance at effectuating change in the world. 10,000,000 Tweets don't do anything. $103k isnt going to drastically change the world, but it is going to drastically change the lives of girls who will benefit from receiving an education.
May 14, 2014 9:00 PM CDT
She's a special little girl. The child who showed the world that Pakistani men are afraid of women and children!