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The J71 plate, which was assigned to a vehicle of insignificant value, went under the hammer at Glencoe Auction Rooms in St Lawrence on Wednesday.
Four people were bidding for the plate, which had a guide price of £50,000 to £60,000.
Earlier this year another two-digit plate – J27 – became the most expensive registration plate bought at a public auction in Jersey when it went for £73,000 at Glencoe.
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Photos of the grey Volkswagen Jetta car recently began circulating on social media, drawing attention because the custom number plate clearly referred to a six-word profanity.
Traffic police in Mentougou district found and arrested the suspect, surnamed Wei, at his home in the neighbourhood on Tuesday after identifying him through CCTV footage, Sohu Police News reported the next day.
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Photos released by police show them arresting him and confiscating the offending car.
The custom licence plate had six Latin alphabet characters instead of the usual three letters and number combination found on standard Beijing car licence plates.
The letters CNMLGB could be taken to refer to a phrase that translates roughly as “f*** your mother’s ****”. Police found that Wei had fixed the fake number plate on top of his car’s original number plate using screws.
Wei has been sentenced to 15 days in prison and was fined 15,000 yuan (US$2,260) for forging a licence plate, in addition to being banned from driving by having all 12 points taken off his licence.
“Once you’ve bagged that number plate – if it’s a good one it adds value to it. Some are iconic and will be sought after. Some of the best are simple but exquisite.”
The biggest went for £180,000 in May last year – for KR15 HNA – which was a new British record for the most expensive current style personalised registration plate.
Today, plates with just one number and two letters cost an estimated £60,000, 20 times more than the early 1990s, when drivers could expect to pay somewhere between £3,000 to £5,000.
A DVLA spokesman said: “Many people enjoy displaying a personalised registration number and the general sale and auctions remain extremely popular with the public.
“Since we began selling personalised registrations we have raised around £2.3 billion and all the money raised is passed to the Treasury.”
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