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Malala Portrait Raises $102,000 for Nigerian Girls

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Malala Yousafzai speaks at the WE Day UK event at Wembley Arena in London, March 7, 2014.

Malala Yousafzai speaks at the WE Day UK event at Wembley Arena in London, March 7, 2014.

A British artist's portrait of Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has sold for more than $100,000 at auction.

Christie's said the painting of the teenager shot in the head by the Taliban while on her way to school sold for $102,500, including commission and fees.

The proceeds from the sale will go to the Malala Fund charity. 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.

Malala was 15 when she was shot in 2012 as she traveled to her Pakistani school and recovered from the attack in Britain. U.S. President Barack Obama has called her the "bravest girl in the world."

The portrait by Jonathan Yeo, a leading British portraitist, was estimated to bring about $60,000.
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