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 UK in particular has a relationship with personalised number plates. According to estimates by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), the UK reported an excess of two billion pounds in tax revenue from tax auctions over the past 25 years. As they are keen to state, an expression of interest in a particular plate by three people or more is enough to push the price of that Reg plate through the roof. It has also been documented that the buyers let their hearts take control of their heads when they bid for these plates.
Personalised number plate auctions are constantly rewriting the record books with regard to the highest price paid for a plate. The record currently stands at £518,000 which is quite impressive. The prices of these Regplates does not seem to be slowing down either.
Of particular interest is the recent auction of the highly-hyped 250 C Reg plate which sold for £21,500. This is a clear indication that the expectations for the prices of personalised number plates will continue to increase.
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