Published December 27, 2012
YANGON, Myanmar – A hand-knit woolen sweater made by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has sold at an auction in Myanmar for almost $50,000.
A Myanmar-based radio station won a bidding war for the sweater during an auction Thursday night held by Suu Kyi's opposition party. The bidding started at $6,000.
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 41,500,000 kyat, or $49,000.
The auction was part of a fundraising concert organized 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 Myanmar's biggest celebrity as the country transitions from a half-century of military rule.