Abu Dhabi number plate sells for Dhs31million

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I f you’re thinking of getting yourself a limited edition number plate for your car, you’d best keep saving. A number 1 licence plate has sold for Dhs31million, during a special auction to mark the 50th anniversary of the Abu Dhabi government.

Held at Emirates Palace, the special auction was attended by 750 bidders, with a total of Dhs99million raised.

Some 50 number plates were sold during the occasion, which was held in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police and Emirates Auction.

The number 1 plate was bought by 32-year-old Emirati Abdullah Al Mahri. The second most expensive sale was the number 7, which went for Dhs13.4million, followed by number 50, which fetched Dhs6.8million.

H.E. Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police, says: “We felt how the people were happy and keen on participating in the auction as it’s a symbol of the 50th anniversary of establishing the Abu Dhabi government in 1966.”

Bidding wars pushed up the prices of many of the plates, including number 11, which was bought for Dhs 6.15million. Other wallet-busting totals included Dhs4.65million for number 22, Dhs4.55million for 10 and Dhs4.4million for 66. Registration plates 2016 and 1966 went for the more modest total of Dhs120,000 during the auction that was held under the banner “50 golden years and 50 VIP licence plates”.

The winners of the plate auction will be granted a certificate of ownership, upon which they have the right of waiving ownership to others.

And while Dhs31million is a huge total for a car number plate, it’s not actually the record. The highest amount ever received was in 2008, when a number 1 plate was sold for Dhs52.5million.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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