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Suu Kyi sweater sells for $49,000
Saturday | 29/12/2012 - 07:39 AM
Suu Kyi sweater sells for $49,000

A woolen sweater hand-knitted by Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi sold for US $49,000 at a charity auction at People’s Square in Rangoon on Thursday night.

Shwe FM, a local radio station, won the sweater after bidding which began at $6,000. Suu Kyi reportedly knitted the red, blue and green pullover almost 30 years ago when she was living in England and raising her two children.

“It is priceless because the sweater was made by my amay [mum] herself," said Nan Mauk Lao Sai, the chairwoman of Shwe FM radio station, according to an Associated Press report.

“I bought the sweater because I value the warmth and security it will give," she is reported to have said, adding that she plans to hang it up in the station's office for the whole staff to see. She said the 41,500,000 kyat, or $49,000, spent on the sweater was for a good cause.

The auction was part of a fundraising concert organized by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party to raise money for the education of poor children in Burma, officially known as Myanmar.

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