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  • Aung San Suu Kyi's gates to auction with starting bid of $200,000
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    Will Davison
  • AungKyi'sSanSuu

Aung San Suu Kyi's gates to auction with starting bid of $200,000

The gates from Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house are to auction with a minimum bid of $200,000. 

The proceeds will be donated by the current owner, Soe Nyunt, to build a new headquarters for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD). 

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Burmese opposition party the National League for Democracy

In 1990, the NLD won 59% of the votes in the general election. The year before Suu Kyi had been imprisoned under house arrest by Burma's ruling military junta, which viewed her as a threat. 

She spent 15 years in confinement and was only freed in 2010. 

In 1991, Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her struggle for democracy and human rights. 

During those years, she became a symbol of peaceful resistance across the world, often addressing assembled crowds via loudspeaker from behind the iron bars of her gate. 

Today she stands as Burma's opposition leader, although the military remain very much in control. 

The gates were removed in 2010. They were found by Nyunt, a local gardener, while he was carrying out landscaping work at Suu Kyi's home. 

They are of major significance as pieces of political memorabilia both in Burma and around the world and are likely to attract strong bids from international buyers. 

The sale will take place around mid February.

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  • Post author
    Will Davison
  • AungKyi'sSanSuu