How much did the AD 1 plate fetch at auc­tion?

Driv­ers splash out on rare car dig­its

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ma­hak Man­nan @Ma­hakLFC ma­

Bid­ders spent close to Dhs100 mil­lion on num­ber plates at an ex­clu­sive auc­tion at Emi­rates Palace yes­ter­day, with Abu Dhabi 1 in the 50 se­ries go­ing for more than Dhs30 mil­lion.

Fifty van­ity Abu Dhabi num­ber plates were up for grabs at the Emi­rates Auc­tion event.

Among the most sought af­ter was 7, which went for Dhs13.4 mil­lion and 50, which went for Dhs6.8 mil­lion. But the big­gest bid of the evening was for 1 – which cost Dhs31 mil­lion.

The plate reads ‘50 Abu Dhabi 1’

Ab­dul­lah Al Mahri, 32, beat sev­eral bid­ders for the plate af­ter start­ing at Dhs1 mil­lion.

Other ex­clu­sive num­ber plates in­cluded 11, which was sold for Dhs6.15 mil­lion, 111 for Dhs2.3 mil­lion, 1111 for Dhs1.1 mil­lion and 999 for Dhs1.7 mil­lion.

Among the win­ning bid­ders was a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Emi­rati busi­ness­man Ahmed Rahma Al Masaood, whose com­pany owns a wide range of busi­nesses and fran­chises, in­clud­ing for Du­cati and Har­ley-David­son. The rep­re­sen­ta­tive told 7DAYS: “The price is very nor­mal and hav­ing the num­ber plate is more of a hobby for Al Masaood. We have 110, 666 and 77 al­ready.

“I’m ex­cited be­cause we got a very good num­ber at a very good price.

“What car it goes on will be a sur­prise but now you’ll know the owner is Al Masaood.”

De­spite the amount of cash spent, the event did not see a bid­der top the Dhs33 mil­lion that was paid for D 5 in Dubai last month. In­dian prop­erty mogul Balvin­der Sahni paid Dhs33 mil­lion to have the flash plate on one of his Rolls-Royce sa­loons.

The most ex­pen­sive plate ever sold glob­ally re­mains Abu Dhabi ‘1’, sold to Saeed Al Khouri for Dhs52.5 mil­lion in 2008.

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