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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.
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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