Car Number Plate Bidder Buys The Car Licence Plate VS 1 In Auction
The canton of Valais is 160,100 francs richer after an anonymous bidder bought the car number plate VS 1 in an auction that finished on Tuesday.
The figure is the highest amount ever paid for a vehicle car registration plate in Switzerland and "surpassed expectations", said the cantonal authorities in a statement.
The canton’s road traffic and navigation service (SCN) launched the auction on February 15th with bids open for a month on a number of plates.
The VS 1 plate attracted 17 bidders, with the highest bid coming from a person using the pseudonym Matrans.
His or her 160,100 winning bid breaks the Swiss record previously set in the canton of St Gallen where 135,000 francs was paid for the plate SG 1.
The new owner of VS 1 will remain anonymous for the time being, said the canton. When the car is officially registered with that plate the owner can themselves decide if they wish any publicity.
The auction continues with five new plates, including VS 12 and VS 103, on the platform vs.ch/autos
The amount raised from the Valais’ first ever licence plate auction will go into the canton’s public coffers.
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.
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