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Gate that separated Suu Kyi from supporters during years of house arrest goes on auction block

  • In this Nov. 13, 2010 photo, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, center behind the gate, addresses her supporters from her house compound after her release from house arrest in Yangon, Myanmar. The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar's formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of cheering 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, Feb. 2, 2015 the starting bid would be $200,000. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    In this Nov. 13, 2010 photo, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, center behind the gate, addresses her supporters from her house compound after her release from house arrest in Yangon, Myanmar. The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar's formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of cheering 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, Feb. 2, 2015 the starting bid would be $200,000. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soe Nyunt, the current owner of the iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar's formerly imprisoned democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, separating her from throngs of cheering supporters as she made speeches challenging the country's then-military rulers, poses for a picture in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Soe Nyunt said he would auction the gate with a starting bid of $200,000.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Soe Nyunt, the current owner of the iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar's formerly imprisoned democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, separating her from throngs of cheering supporters as she made speeches challenging the country's then-military rulers, poses for a picture in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Soe Nyunt said he would auction the gate with a starting bid of $200,000.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 13, 2010 photo, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, left behind the gate, addresses her supporters from her house compound after her release from house arrest in Yangon, Myanmar. The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar's formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of cheering 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, Feb. 2, 2015 the starting bid would be $200,000. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    In this Nov. 13, 2010 photo, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, left behind the gate, addresses her supporters from her house compound after her release from house arrest in Yangon, Myanmar. The iron gate that stood in front of the home of Myanmar's formerly imprisoned democracy icon, separating her from throngs of cheering 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, Feb. 2, 2015 the starting bid would be $200,000. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

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.