Photo: Steve McCurry – Afghan Girl

A picture of an Afghan girl Sharbat Gula was auctioned off in Poland on Thursday, setting a record high.

A Polish company, Disa Unicum said in a report on Thursday, that a picture of an Afghan immigrant girl had been sold for 283,000 Polish złoty, worth more than 70,000 US dollars.

The Polish company said the image of the girl set a record for the highest price sale in all of Poland.

Afghan Girl is a 1984 photographic portrait of Sharbat Gula, a woman who became famous for her photo taken by photojournalist Steve McCurry during the Afghan War when 12-year-old Gula was living in a refugee camp in Pakistan.

 McCurry took what was to become one of the most iconic cover photographs for National Geographic Magazine.

In 2002, a national geographic team was on a mission to find the long lost iconic girl, upon entering Nasir Bagh camp in Pakistan, the team found her brother which led them to find her, Sharbat Gula had returned to her native country in 1992.

She was 30 when identified by John Daugman with the help of IRIS recognition.

Sharbat Gula a green-eyed Afghan girl’s photo, hailed as the Mona Lisa of the 21st century.

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.