Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Madonna gets £4.6m for painting

Madonna has raised more than £4 million for charity by selling a painting (AP)

A French painting owned by Madonna has sold at auction in New York for more than £4 million.

Sotheby's did not say who bought Fernand Leger's "Three Women at the Red Table" for $7.2 million (£4.65 million). .

Proceeds of the sale will go to the Ray of Light Foundation, which supports girls' education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.

Madonna said she wanted to "trade something valuable for something invaluable" in countries where female education is rare or nonexistent. She bought the work at Sotheby's in 1990 for 3.4 million dollars (£2.2 million).

Leger created the work in 1921 as part of a series depicting women with still-life compositions.

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