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