Aus­tralian num­ber plate sells for A$2.45 mil­lion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

SYD­NEY: A black-and-white num­ber plate with the sin­gle digit “4” has sold at a Syd­ney auc­tion for a record-break­ing A$2.45 mil­lion (RM8.3 mil­lion), re­port­edly to a Chi­nese-Aus­tralian sex toy en­tre­pre­neur.

The sale shat­tered pre-sale es­ti­mates of up to A$1.5 mil­lion, with the auc­tion ham­mer com­ing down at A$2.45 mil­lion – more than twice the av­er­age cost of a Syd­ney home.

“Just nine of these New South Wales num­ber plates were ever is­sued, mak­ing them ul­tra-col­lectible and ir­re­place­able,” Shan­nons auc­tion man­ager Christophe Bori­bon said.

“Their unique sta­tus and de­sir­abil­ity is never go­ing to change.

“The op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire such a plate is ex­cep­tion­ally rare, as most sin­gle-digit plates re­main in fam­ily hands, are usu­ally passed down through gen­er­a­tions and rarely, if ever, come onto the open mar­ket.”

The auc­tion house re­fused to re­veal who the buyer was, but the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald said it was Chi­nese-Aus­tralian bil­lion­aire Peter Tseng, who made his for­tune in sex toys.

It said he ar­rived at the Syd­ney auc­tion on Mon­day evening in his red Fer­rari bear­ing a No. 2 li­cence plate.

He also re­port­edly owns a Hong Kon­greg­is­tered No. 1 plate and a per­son­alised num­ber plate “ONE” reg­is­tered to his 1969 Mercedes in Syd­ney.

Bori­bon said the pre­vi­ous Aus­tralian auc­tion record was for the NSW plate “2”, which sold for A$689,000 in 2003. – AFP

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