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Lionel Messi-inspired art raises money for charity

Updated 1115 GMT (1915 HKT) February 13, 2015
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$488,000, how much you would have to pay to hang Lionel Messi in your living room. The Barca star was been painted by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, with the piece sold as part of an auction aimed at raising money for child education charities. Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's
The auction is was held at Sotheby's in London on Thursday and also featured this Messi-inspired piece by British art icon Damien Hirst -- which fetched $562,000. In total, the auction raised $3.8 million. Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015
Aside from the auction, there are other football artworks on display at Sotheby's, including Francesco Vezzoli "Portrait of Gerard Pique as Apollo del Belvedere." Sotheby's
Nicolas de Stael "Footballeurs" may appear abstract, but it actually depicts the first ever match played under floodlights in France in 1952. Sotheby's
It's not just Messi that Murakami has been painting. This piece, entitled "Flower Ball," is another of his contributions. Takashi Murakami
Football art can also provide comment on sociological issues. Manal Al Dowayan's "The Choice IV" shows a Saudi woman holding a football and reflects the limits placed on women by religion and tradition. Manal alDowayan