Car number auction gets Dh3.1 million

DUBAI — An auction of 58 customised car licence plate numbers here yesterday fetched Dh3.1 million, with a single number D199 yielding a whopping Dh180,000.

By A Correspondent

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Published: Thu 24 Feb 2005, 9:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:35 PM

The competition was high for some 29 three- , four- and five-digit numbers of the D and E codes at the auction held at the Grand Hall of the Traffic Police Division at Al Barsha, said Brigadier Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, the Director of the Dubai Traffic Police Department.

He said the total sale amount was Dh3,106,000, more than double the total base value of the numbers on offer. The number D199 fetched the highest price of Dh180,000 (the base value was Dh60,000). “There was strong bidding on this number as many people wanted to own it in the two offered codes,” said Brig. Al Zafeen. The auction had nine three-digit numbers of one code, of a base value of Dh60,000 each (total value Dh540,000), and the same numbers in the other code were also offered for sale, bringing the number of three-digit numbers to 18 at a total base value of over Dh1 million. These numbers were sold for Dh2.11 million. They were: 336, 447, 558, 664, 775, 883, and 998. The auction also had 10 four-digit numbers of the two codes. The base value of each number was Dh20,000 (total base value Dh400,000). They were sold for Dh632,000. Among these numbers were: 1212, 2424, 3232, 4747, 5252, 8686, 7575, 8383, 8989 and 9191. A total of 20 five-digit numbers of the two codes of a base value of Dh3,000 each were sold for Dh364,000. They included the following numbers: 11133, 22111, 22211, 22666, 33366, 44488, 55544, 66677, 88833 and 99988. Brig. Al Zafeen, who supervised the auction, said he was satisfied with organising the auction at the Grand Hall at Al Barsha which accommodates a large number of bidders.

To enter the auction, the bidder pays a non-refundable Dh100, in addition to Dh1,000 as a guarantee deposit, which would be deducted from the value of the number bought, or returned to the bidder if he or she could not get a number in the auction.

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