Police Generate 8.4 Million From Number Plates
Police have generated Dhs 8.4 million in revenues from the auction of 150 distinctive vehicle licence plates (category III) during the fourth electronic auction on Saturday. It was organised in cooperation with Emirates Auction, the leading auction company in the Middle East specialising in the organization and management of auctions and electronic.
The double-digit number (77), the highest amount in the auction, reached Dhs1,460,000 after a fierce competition that lasted until the last seconds of the auction closing on the Emirates Auction website.
While the three, four and five-digit plates attracted a number of auctioneers.
The number 11111 was able to reach the barrier of Dhs680,500, while the number 555 sold for Dhs465,000.
The number plate 10000 was sold Dhs 374,000, the number 5555 sold for Dhs356,500.
Brigadier General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, said: "We are pleased to conclude this successful auction of the distinctive vehicle number plates’, which comes within the strategy of the Sharjah Police General Command to employ modern technology and systems to improve the quality of services provided to customers according to international standards.
It was also an opportunity for citizens and residents to acquire special plates with their desired numbers.
Al Shamsi thanked Emirates Auction for its efforts in organising the fourth electronic auction and other auctions that contributed in achieving the Ministry of Interior's strategy to enhance customer satisfaction and improve the quality of services provided to them.
Do you fancy driving around Launceston as Batman while keeping an eye out for your nemesis, Joker?
Two number plates going under the hammer this month could turn the childhood dream of a DC Comics’ fan into reality.
Batman and Joker number plates are up for grabs at Tullochs Auctions’ Collector Car Auction.
Auction manager Jesse Reid tips the plates will bring out the young superhero and villain in bidders.
“The plates themselves are enough to have an auction on,” she laughed.
It is expected the Batman plate will fetch up to $35,000 while the Joker is only tipped to reach $2000.
In July a number plate bearing the number one sold at Tullochs Auctions for a staggering $310,000.
Ms Reid admits although Batman is expected to fetch $35,000, the huge amount paid for the number one plate showed anything was possible.
“There’s a lot of number plate investors – they’ve been really undervalued for a while – and have been picking up,” she said.
The increased interest has resulted in 24 number plates being put up for sale at the upcoming auction.
But it is not only stamped aluminum up for grabs at the Collector Car Auction.
A rare, left-hand drive 1974 LJ Holden Torana built in the Philippines could sell for a “very affordable” price.
With one owner, Ms Reid tips the car will fetch up to $45,000.
As of Tuesday evening, pre-bidding, the top bid lodged was $22,500.
The Torana coupled with a Falcon XB John Goss Coupe and a 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa is likely to draw car enthusiasts from the woodwork.
The Porsche Targa – with a desirable Tasmanian history – is likely to sell for between $85,000 and $95,000.
A FX 48-215 featured in Saturday’s story in The Examiner about the closure of Holden will also go under the hammer.
“We’re looking somewhere around the million with the interest in the stock we’ve got,” Ms Reid said.
The auction manager said the popularity of vehicles had been increasing.
“The car auctions have a fairly big mainland following and we get a great response,” she said.
The Collector Car Auction will be held on October 21 from 1pm.
“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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