New Zealand Number Plates To Be Sold 666
A Kiwi with an obsession for the Devil's number is selling his satanic number plate. The price? $66,666 obviously.
But it doesn't stop there.
Wellington's David Blackmore has been amassing things sporting the numbers "666" for 30 years, is now selling the whole collection.
A phone number, website name and a PO Box number, all featuring the number of the beast, are also up for grabs.
The satanic number plate is sure to raise eyebrows
"I've even looked under the cupboard the stairs, he wasn't under there either," Blackmore quipped.
The multimillionaire property developer is leaving New Zealand for good, in favour of Australia's sunny Gold Coast.
"I'm going to spend the rest of my life sitting back and enjoying it rather than participating in the rat-race any longer – I'll leave that to the rats."
Blackmore says number plates are a waste of space if they don't mean something to someone.
"Numbers are just numbers, in China, triple six is actually a very lucky number, second only to 888 of course."
He said it all started when he couldn't get his favourite race number in a car race he was entering.
"Believe it or not, my favourite number is 13. I was borne on the 13th, and turned 13 years old on Friday the 13th."
"They said 13 was taken 'but that's an unlucky number, the next unlucky number we have is 666', so I took it – and that's how Team Satan racing came to be."
And from there, collecting assets bearing the satanic brand became something of a sport.
He got the number plate 66666 in 1988, when personalised plates first came out, and is now asking $66,000 for it.
That year he brought 1000 personalised number plates for under $300 each – and has been selling them off ever since.
The highest price fetched for a plate was $75,000 for "WW".
He got the phone number 021 666 666 about 20 years ago, off a woman who wanted $10,000 for it: "So naturally I paid $6666for it."
He got the website domain name 666.co.nz about 10 years ago, for less than $100 per year for the registration.
A friend gave him the 666 Auckland postal box address, to complement his collection, about 10 years ago.
"I've also got the original New Zealand number plate 666, from back when number plates were just numerals, this was before the time when number plates had letters on them."
"You can't use it – it's just a bit of tin now, but I'll never part with that. I paid him $666 for it."
And to complete the collection, his email is email@example.com.
Blackmore hopes to get $66,666 for the combo but is open to selling them separately.
The self-professed collector of weird and wonderful things first started in number plates, then moved on to antiques, boats and even taxidermy.
He also has green a purple Lamborghini with the number plate JOKER and the Rolls-Royce had the number plate BROKE on it.
Blackmore admits the inauspicious number did bring him bad luck once, when the Bentley turbo he was racing in the late 90s crashed – causing more than $40,000 damage.
"But it was all about having a bit of fun, were weren't trying to win," he said.
"We were the forerunners of drifting in New Zealand.
"Our objective was to go around as many corners as possible, sideways and in a cloud of smoke."
Needless to say, Blackmore hasn't raced the Bentley since.
WHAT'S BEHIND THE NUMBER?
666 has become one of the most widely recognised symbols for the Devil in modern popular culture.
It is called the "number of the beast" in the Bible's New Testament, Book of Revelation.
Some people take the Satanic associations of 666 so seriously that they actively avoid things related to 666. This is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.
Aside from religious meanings, the number is also interesting mathematically.
666 is the sum of squares of the first seven prime numbers.
It's also the sum of the first 36 numbers, i.e. 1 + 2 + 3 + ... + 34 + 35 + 36 = 666.
And therefore it is the sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel – 0 through 36.
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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