Abu Dhabi: A young businessman paid Dh2.61 million for car number plate ‘11111’ in an auction conducted by Abu Dhabi Police and Emirates Auction at Emirates Palace Hotel.
Emirati Salem Buharoon, 33, who owns Golden Class Rent a Car in Abu Dhabi won the sought after number after fierce competition among three bidders.
One of the competitors who backed out at the last stage told Gulf News the price was high for such a five digit number. Salem told Gulf News he wanted the number desperately for his Ferrari, so was ready to pay a big amount.
Other special numbers 40000 and 3000 were sold for Dh505,000 and Dh350,000 respectively.
Ayoub Mohammad Noor, 35, an Iranian businessman who purchased the number 40000, said he wanted it because he holds the same number in Dubai.
Mohammad Khalifa Al Mazroui, an Abu Dhabi-based businessman who bought the number 3000, told Gulf News it is for his personal use.
“I bought number 129 for Dh400,000 which I will gift to my father,” said Al Mazroui. About 100 multiple digit numbers went under the hammer on Sunday. Number 191 fetched the second highest amount of Dh610,000 after number 11111.
About 180 people participated in the fifth auction for 100 multiple digit numbers which fetched Dh20,010,000, a senior official told Gulf News.
The five auctions generated more than Dh200 million and the entire money will go to charity projects, said Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Rahman M. Ali Al Kamali, Director of Administration of Privatisation and Financial Investments at the Ministry of Interior.