Plymouth Number Plate Auction Results
PLYMOUTH – Plymouth 400 Inc.’s auction of commemorative license plates raised $106,050 to benefit the town’s birthday celebration in 2020.
The minimum bid for most plates was $500. For the lower numbers and numbers associated with historical Mayflower dates, the minimum was $1,000.
The plates numbered 1 and 1620 each went for $10,000.
The next top 10 plate numbers by bid:
$3,500 for number 12.
$3,100 for number 5.
$2,800 for number 19.
$2,700 for number 2.
$2,500 for numbers 11 and 2020.
$2,000 for numbers 3, 8, 9 and 10.
The plate number 1627 – a significant date in Pilgrim history and one that is associated with Plimoth Plantation, sold for just $550.
The minimum bid was not received for plate numbers 1623, 1824, 1863, 1920 and 1957, all of which have historical associations.
No one bid on Lou Gehrig’s number, number 4, either. Other low numbers still available are 36, 41, 49, 66, 89, 93 and 94.
Plymouth 400 Inc. said commemorative license plates are still available for general purchase through all Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles full-service branches or online.
The plates have a $40 purchase fee; $28 of that goes directly to Plymouth 400. Each time the plate is renewed, Plymouth 400 will receive the full $40 fee.
“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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