Madonna sells abstract painting to fund girls’ education

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This image provided by Sotheby's shows "Three Women at the Red Table" by Fernand Leger which will be offered at Sotheby's sale of impressionist and modern art on May 7, 2013. Pop diva Madonna is parting with the abstract French painting she's owned for more than 20 years to support girls' education in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries. It's expected to bring $5 million to $7 million. All the proceeds will benefit the Ray of Light Foundation. It will be on view at the auction house's New York gallery beginning May 3. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)LONDON (Reuters) – Madonna is selling an abstract painting by French artist Fernand Leger worth up to $7 million, saying she wants to trade something valuable for something invaluable – art for education. The singer said she was selling the painting, "Trois Femmes a la table rouge", to raise funds for girls' education projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries where female education is rare or non-existent. …