New Zealand Number Plate Sold At Auction
Following the astounding America's Cup success one cheeky Kiwi is auctioning off a TEAMNZ number plate on Trade Me - with a starting bid of $20,000.
The user floppy9 has listed the plate from Taranaki. It urged buyers to "be the first to show them off around the streets of New Zealand".
Peter Burling was at the helm for Emirates Team New Zealand this week, when the Kiwis overwhelmed holders Oracle Team USA 7-1 to lift the Auld Mug off Bermuda on June 27.
Three bids had already been placed at the time of writing, bringing the total up to $20,100.
One buyer suggested a trade with their "ORACLE" plate that they wanted to get rid of.
Floppy9 advised to hold on to it until the next America's Cup as a good investment.
The seller divulged in the Questions and Answers section that they had bought the plates a very long time ago. They said the successful bidder would receive brand new plates instead of the ones pictured.
The Perak Road Transport Department (JPJ) is receiving many enquiries about three unique vehicle registration numbers that resemble the Malay phrase "Aku Boss" (I am the boss).
State JPJ director-general Mohd Zawawi Zakaria said they were expecting many bids for the vehicle registration numbers AKU 805, AKU 8055 and AKU 1305 over the next two weeks.
"The bidding starts today and ends on July 18," he told reporters at the JPJ building here.
There are three categories of numbers being offered, namely golden numbers, attractive numbers and popular numbers.
Mohd Zawawi said there is a minimum RM10,000 bid for golden numbers (1 to 10), RM2,000 for attractive numbers (11 to 19) and repetitive numbers (e.g., 22, 777, 9999), while bids for popular numbers start from RM300.
"Even though 805, 8055 and 1305 are normal running numbers, these numbers will be listed under the popular numbers category due to expected demand," he said.
However, he warned the potential winner of the AKU 1305 number to ensure JPJ specifications for registration plates are followed and not to place the "1" and "3" numbers so close together that it reads like a "B".
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“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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