MAORI Personalised Reg Plate Up For Sale At Regplates
The personalised number plate MAORI is for sale with a starting price of $49,000.
The plates have a touch of historical significance, having originally been owned by multi-millionaire property developer David Blackmore.
Blackmore had purchased the plates when personalised plates were first released in 1987.
It was later transferred to Kim Dotcom in 2010 as part of a transaction over a $1.5 million loan.
Mr Dotcom, who also received the plates GUILTY, MAFIA, POLICE, STONED, GOOD and EVIL, sold the MAORI plate to Bruce Haliday in early 2011 through Trade Me.
The auction is dubbed a "rare opportunity to buy a unique plate".
"The asking price for the plates reflects its uniqueness, its history and its relevance to this country & its people," it reads.
Haliday, an artist and online knick-knack trader, had first listed the plate late in 2011, when the reserve price stood at a whopping $99,000.
The asking price for the plates had been slashed for the current auction with no reserve price set and a starting bid of $49,000.
Loyal Gloucestershire motorists with a penchant for personalised number plates could get their hands on the ultimate prize – if they have hundreds of thousands of pounds to spare.
Because the number plate GL1 is up for sale.
But you’ll have to have very deep pockets and it will set you back more than a quarter of a million pounds at a huge £262,500 (£315,096 including VAT and an £80 DVLA transfer fee).
And that actually reflects a saving as it was on the market for £350,000, without VAT.
There are also other Gloucestershire themed plates up for sale, but again, at a price
If you were born in 1980, for example, you could have 1980 GL for £6,746.
If you live in Up Hatherley, Cheltenham, and are called Gavin you could have GL51 GAV for £1,677.
And if you live in Cheltenham with a GL53 postcode and are a big fan of the Joint Core Strategy, you could have GL53 JCS for a bargain £450.
If you work at GCHQ, you could get 123 SPY for £10,545 – but it would be a very bad idea.
magine cruising down State Highway 1 and slamming on the brakes as one of your children asks "Mummy, what does OR6ASM mean?" Well, luckily you won't have to.
OR6ASM, FK8R and 4UHOES were among some personalised number plate applications that were rejected by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) in 2017.
But do New Zealanders require such protection?
For some attendees at Auckland Anniversary Weekend's annual three-day Rodders Beach Festival in Orewa, it all seemed a bit unnecessary.
Natalie Millerchen said she wasn't offended by the 'OR6ASM' plate.
"I guess that works for an old car, if it's fast."
'DUMBRS' was also rejected by the NZTA for being disrespectful or profane.
"Disrespectful? Nah," Millerchen said.
"If they're calling themselves dumb a....s, that's all right."
Emblazoned across the boot of Ian Neary's 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is a scantily woman with the word 'Orgazm' beneath.
ORGAZM features on the number plate too and on detail inside the car.
ORGAZM isn't the legal plate, but a "fun plate", Neary said.
He didn't apply for the word as it was never going to pass, but it had been on his car for the 15 years he had owned it.
"I've been stopped many a time by officers, and the question of the plate has never been raised, so I am quite happy."
Neary said most of the words rejected by NZTA were confusing and a couple were derogatory.
He said he didn't like any, as he preferred a plate that could be easily read.
General plate combinations of certain acronyms such as KKK, KUM and KGB were also rejected by the NZTA.
Plates were held back if they were offensive, derogatory, obscene or profane.
They were also held back if they promoted violence, discrimination or bias against race, age, religious or ethical belief, ancestry, place of origin, disability, sexual origin and family or marital status.
Previous years have seen FUC, FUK and FUQ skipped, but when FTP, also an anti-police slogan, came around, it was allowed.
A police spokeswoman refused to comment on whether the NZTA had discussed whether it was appropriate to release the letter combination.
Rejected Personalised Number Plates 2017:
4UHOES - Derogatory
OR6ASM - Inappropriate
CROWN - For Government use only
FUBUFU - Inappropriate
DUMBRS - Disrespecful/Profane
4GASM - Inappropriate
FK8R - Inappropriate
I1IIIM - Confusing
“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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