How much did the AD 1 plate fetch at auction?
Drivers splash out on rare car digits
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.