I’ve always wondered about this infatuation we have with license plate numbers. I mean it’s one thing to pay for specialty or vanity plates that have customized words/names, but the idea of paying thousands for just a pretty average number is kind of crazy. It’s been less than a year since license plates were changed in Jordan and people are still paying upwards of 10,000JDs for a couple of less-than-extraordinary numbers. Fortunately, we’re not as wealthy or as extravagant as the folks in the UAE.
The number ‘1’ car licence could fetch as much as $20 million when it goes under the hammer at auction in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Bidding for the Abu Dhabi plate is expect to be fierce, and many are predicting the auction will smash the record for the most expensive plate in the world.
Abu Dhabi businessman Talal Khouri holds the current record after paying 25.2 million dirhams ($6.86 million) for the number ‘5’ licence plate in May last year. He also paid 11 million dirhams for the number ‘7’ plate. Khouri has said he will also take part in Saturday’s auction and is willing to splash out $15-$20 million to get his hands on the coveted number ‘1’ plate, according to broadcaster CNN.
If, as expected, the auction sets a new record, the UAE will hold the seven most expensive plates in the world. [source]
UPDATED: An Emirati businessman broke all records for the worldâ€™s most expensive number plate on Saturday, paying 52.2 million dirhams ($14.5 million) for plate number â€˜1â€™ at an Abu Dhabi auction. [source]