Painting of Malala Yousafzai sells 'for just under' £49K

The portrait of Malala that was sold. at auction in New York. Credit: Jonathan Yeo

An oil painting of Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai was sold for just under £49,000 at an auction in New York.

The portrait, by British artist Jonathan Yeo and entitled Girl Reading, was sold at Christie's for a hammer price of 82,000 US dollars.

The 16-year-old plans to donate the proceeds to Nigerian charities focusing on female education and women's rights.

She has been a vocal activist for women's education and joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign calling for Boko Haram to release the kidnapped schoolgirls.

Watch: Malala urges action to rescue abducted girls

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