The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar's formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of supporters as she made speeches challenging the country's then-military rulers, is going on the auction block.

Soe Nyunt, the current owner, said Monday the starting bid will be $200,000.

Proceeds will go toward helping Aung San Suu Kyi build a new National League for Democracy party headquarters.

The Nobel-prize winner, now 69, permanently moved from London to the lakeside house of her mother almost 27 years ago.

While under house arrest, she would mount a table behind her front gate, holding on the pointed iron spikes as she spoke to supporters through a loudspeaker, touching on everything from corruption to poor standards of education.