Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during the opening ceremony of the third session of the 21st Century Panglong Conference at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Suu Kyi and the country's military commander have opened the major conference with representatives of ethnic minority groups to try to reach a lasting peace after seven decades of strained relations and armed conflict. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
Aung San Suu Kyi’s bronze statue to be up for auction
Eleven Media Group/Asia News Network / 07:12 PM September 12, 2018
NAYPYITAW — The bronze statue of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will be put up for sale by auction in order to raise money for charity, said Dr Thant Thaw Kaung, executive committee member of Daw Khin Kyi Foundation.
The auction will be jointly organized by the foundation and Sedona Hotel in Yangon.
“At the auction, the statue will be sold for Ks50 million, a verse for Ks2 million and a gold chain for Ks10 million. These are the floor prices. The reason why we want to hold an auction is that foreign scholars highly respect Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is a gesture of honoring her. This is for charity purposes. The money will go to Daw Khin Kyi Foundation for public welfare,” said Dr Than Thaw Kaung at a press conference on holding the second ceremony to raise a fund for the foundation.
The auction will be held at the fund raising ceremony.
The bronze statue was cast by Norwegian artist Merete Sejersted Bodtker. The other objects to be sold at the auction are a glass verse created by designer director Andrea Hyniova of Traditional Czech Crystal Co Ltd and a jade necklace donated by Myint Tun Oo Gems and Jewellery.
The fund-raising ceremony will be held at Sedona Hotel in Yangon on October 5. During the event, local vocalist Ni Ni Khin Zaw, a pianist from Taiwan, local violinist Sit Thway, a Brazilian pianist, Soprano from Malaysia and vocalist Yiling Chaing will perform. A ticket for the event will cost US$100.