Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Suu Kyi sweater fetches £30,000

A sweater made by Aung San Suu Kyi has sold for £30,000 (AP)

A hand-knitted woollen sweater made by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has sold at an auction in Burma for almost 50,000 US dollars (£31,000).

A Burma-based radio station won a bidding war for the sweater during an auction held by Suu Kyi's opposition party. The bidding started at 6,000 dollars (£3,700).

Suu Kyi has not yet commented on the sale of the sweater - a red, green and blue V-neck - or explained its background. It sold for 49,000 dollars (£30,000).

The auction was part of a fundraising concert organised by the National League for Democracy party to raise money for education of poor children in the impoverished country.

Suu Kyi, a 67-year-old former political prisoner, has become Burma's biggest celebrity as the country transitions from a half-century of military rule.

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