Another UAE Number Plate Makes Record Price At Auction
Number plate R 111 was the biggest attraction at the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) 96th licensing open plates auction held on Saturday, bagging Dh2.65 million.
The popular auction that generated a revenue of Dh24.8 million had 80 unique number plates up for grabs.
Ahmad Behroozian, CEO of RTA’s Licensing Agency, said that the Dh24.8 million revenue raised from the auction reflects the remarkable popularity of the event.
Other big catches at the auction were F-999 that went for Dh1.06 million, while M-7777 and N-1000 bagged Dh800,000 each.
“The auctions organised by the RTA are characterised by transparency and enthusiasm. They measure up to the aspirations of customers who seek exclusivity in this regard. Such auctions suffice the needs and aspirations of number plate enthusiasts,” said Behroozian.
Last October, Indian businessman Balwinder Sahani created history when he bought the number plate D-5 for Dh33 million, which remains the most expensive number plate in Dubai.
However, in December another single digit number Q-2 was up for grabs, which surprisingly found no buyer.
The last in the series of single digit plates, the plate was offered at a base price of Dh33 million.
RTA’s open number plates auctions draws huge crowds, mostly from enthusiastic young Emiratis as well as seasoned collectors, generating huge revenue for the authority.
The following list shows plates that have been sold in the past at the highest prices. Most of these were sold in auctions across the country although some were sold by the DVLA.
- ‘25’ O for £518,000.
This is the most expensive Regplates ever sold by the DVLA, and were purchased in 2014 by Ferrari dealer John Collins. The plate is currently being used on a Ferrari. The market value of the car is around £10,000,000.
- ‘F 1’ for £440,000.
This Regplate was the previous record holder for the highest price paid for a reg plate. The plate represents the initials of Formula 1 racing and was bought in 2008 by Afzal Khan, a businessman from Bradford. The plates are currently being used on his McLaren Mercedes SLR, which is quite an impressive match.
- ‘S 1’ for £404,000.
This is claimed to be the first Regplate that was ever made in Scotland. Therefore, it is both special and rare, as it is only one of its kind. The Regplates were purchased in 2008 at an auction by an anonymous bidder who said the plate would be used on an old Skoda. It’s a good investment, either to mark history or as an antique.
- ‘1 D’ for £352,000.
These initials bear a resemblance to the American pop group One Direction. However, it is interesting to note that the Regplate was purchased a year before the group was even formed. Nabil Bishara, a businessman from Lebanon, purchased it.
- ‘M 1’ for £331,000.
Mike McCoomb, a businessman in the phone industry, bought this unique Reg plate back in 2006. He said the plates were meant for his son, who was 10 years old at the time of the purchase.
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