For a t-shirt State Coun­sel­lor’s art fetches huge sum at auc­tion

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WHEN State Coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi suf­fered through house ar­rest un­der the mil­i­tary junta, she oc­ca­sion­ally turned to art to keep her mind and self-ex­pres­sion sharp.

Lit­tle did she know how lu­cra­tive her doo­dles would be – at a Novem­ber 25 auc­tion, an au­to­graphed T-shirt bear­ing one of her paint­ings sold for US$46,000 in a fundrais­ing ef­fort for the Daw Khin Kyi Foun­da­tion.

The win­ning bid­der, Soe Naing Tun of Seinn Nay Chi Gems, said the sig­na­ture was the key as­pect.

“I bid un­til I won be­cause of Mother Suu’s pre­cious sig­na­ture,” Soe Naing Tun said. “I re­ally re­spect her spirit of re­sist­ing the gov­ern­ment for years with­out be­com­ing de­pressed. I will keep it in my house for the time be­ing.”

The auc­tion orig­i­nally planned to sell the piece of art it­self, launch­ing an on­line plat­form on Novem­ber 1 with a base­line price of $5000. That fig­ure sky­rock­eted to $150,000 – pledged by A Yay Kyo, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Myan­mar Au­tomo-

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The orig­i­nal paint­ing earned bids of up to US$150,000, but the Daw Khin Kyi Foun­da­tion de­cided not to sell it af­ter re­peated calls for its his­toric preser­va­tion.

Soe Naing Tun poses with his au­to­graphed Aung San Suu Kyi T-shirt, which bears a pic­ture of a fish she painted while un­der house ar­rest un­der the mil­i­tary junta.

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