Wednesday, September 5, 2012

88-generation students’ guitar most expensive in Burma

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 13:13 Pan Myat Zaw and Myat Kyaw Thu

Rangoon (Mizzima) - A guitar, with a painting by three 88-generation student leaders, was sold for 58.8 million kyat (US$ 66,627) at a fund-raising music concert in Rangoon on Saturday – making it the most expensive guitar in Burma.

The '88 Student leaders guitar, which was sold to the highest bidder at a fund-raising concert in Rangoon on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Photo: Hein Htet / Mizzima

The picture, on the back of the guitar, jointly painted by Min Ko Naing, Htay Kywe and Pyone Cho, depicts the background of Rangoon University. The front of the guitar bears the phrase “The 88 Generation.”

Myanmar Football Federation chairman Zaw Zaw, who heads Max Myanmar, and Win Naing, the general manager of the Sky Net TV Channel, bid for the guitar. Finally, Win Naing made the highest bid.

88-generation student leader Pyone Cho, a former political prisoner who spent more than 20 years in prison, said, “After we were released from prison, we did the artistic work. Thanks for bidding for it to keep it as a memorable item.”

During the concert, 80 musicians entertained and 88-generation student leaders recited poems composed in prisons. The music concert took in more than 300 million kyat.

A woman attending the concert told Mizzima TV that earlier it would have been impossible to hold such a concert. “It was difficult to mention their [88-generation student leaders’] names,” she said.

Sixty million out of the 300 million kyat will be donated to flood victims, refugees in Arakan State and war refugees in Kachin State.

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