1 Million Pound Dubai Number Plate And Celebrity Number Plates
But this special number plate, displaying Y44 4LAH, could earn two friends a cool £1million.
The pair - Araf Sultan and Roy Chauhan - bought the number plate for just £350 14 years ago.
Now the pair are preparing to pitch the plate, which reads Yes Allah, at auction in United Arab Emirates, hoping to fetch around £1m.
It comes after a plate displaying AB11 DBU, reading Abu Dhabi, sold for £750,000 at an auction in the oil-rich Middle Eastern country.
Mr Chauhan, aged 45, of Brockhurst Crescent in Walsall said: "We bought the plate for novelty for £350, jut a bit of fun.
"We knew thought it could possibly worth so much money, but after seeing the other plate go for so much, we think it could be worth £1m.
"It is an exciting time, and we're looking at auctioneers in the country now."
Mr Chauhan believes residents in the UAE buy UK number plates for when they visit the UK, to display on their cars.
He said: "Abu Dhabi is a place where money is no object.
"Where people want something, they usually get it. We think something like this will be sought after."
But what’s also interesting is that a lot of these celebs are superstitious about their vehicle number plates, so much, so that they have the same number combination for all their vehicles. A personalized vehicle registration number may come at its own cost, but then again, moolah has never been a deterrent for our celebs, has it?
However, inflation, recession or demonetization, nothing seems to deter Hyderabad’s rich but not necessarily famous from winning auspicious vehicle number plates at RTO auctions, never mind their exorbitant price tags.
Recently Balayya’s daughters gifted a posh car to him is a known news. But what is surprising news is that Balayya and his team brought the number plate TS 90EU 0001 for a whopping sum of Rs 7.77 lakhs for NBK’s new Bently car (Rs 3.11 crores)
While bids have skyrocketed, the most popular numerical sequences continue to be variations of the number 9: series with 0009, 0099, 0001 and so on.
How close a series of letters or numbers are to a real name of word: if the match quality is high (and the numbers and letters are very convincing in making a popular word), the value of the registration plate will be higher. This means that a match like 5IMON, for the name Simon, will be worth a lot more than a more obscure set of letters and numbers that are not as convincing a match, such as S17 MMM for the name Sam.
The style of the plate: this means establishing if it is a new-style plate, an older-style format or if it is dateless or Irish, for instance. Other options are that it is a prefix-style plate or a suffix-style plate. New-style number plates, which have been produced since 2001, tend to be the least valuable because they are a bit less appealing to some collectors, plus the rule about not having plates that are newer than your car can also come into play, putting people off from buying a newer-style plate for their older car. Prefix-style number plates, which were in production between 1983 and 2001 can be more popular as more vehicles are entitled to have those licence numbers, and they may have fewer characters in total. Suffix-style plates, issued from 1963 to 1983 are relatively rare, which means they can attract higher prices than prefix-style plates and newer designs. Dateless number plates, also known as cherished number plates, were produced between 1903 and 1963 and are nearly always the most valuable number plate configurations; they have fewer digits and their dateless nature means that people can hide the age of their car. Irish number plates are similar to dateless number plates, especially because they don’t have a year identifier. They also tend to be cheaper than other types of vehicle registration plates.
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