The painting hung in the
Christie's auction house is offering the Malala portrait, which shows the teenager doing her homework, on Wednesday. It has a presale estimate of
Yeo's said he will donate all the proceeds to
"I hope it goes to a good home. Anyone who will hopefully spend a good bit of money on it is someone who sees the importance of her own work," the artist said.
Malala was 15 when she was shot in 2012 as she traveled to her Pakistani school. President
In an interview last week, Yeo said he wanted the portrait to capture "this extraordinary dichotomy" of someone with "enormous power and wisdom" but also someone who is still very young.
"Her birth instinct isn't self-pity but rather what else she could do to help other girls in her position," Yeo added.
He said he spent "a lot of time chatting" with her and "hearing her world views and what her life is like" before sitting down to paint her.
Yeo depicted her doing homework to reflect the irony that "the simple everyday thing she's doing was what created the cataclysmic change in her life that nearly killed her," he said.
When the portrait was finished Yeo said Malala told him "it's how she sees herself."
Yeo is famous for his life-like portraits of well-known figures. His works are also in the Royal Collection.
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