Number “1” vanity license plate sold for $14 million

A license plate with nothing but the number “1” on it went for a record $14 million at a charity auction Saturday.

Saeed Khouri, a member of a wealthy Abu Dhabi family, wouldn’t say how many automobiles he owned or which of them might carry the record-breaking single-digit plate.

“I bought it because it’s the best number,” said Khouri, whose family made its fortune in real estate. “I bought it because I want to be the best in the world.”

The oil-rich UAE began auctioning off vanity license plates last May.

Ordinary automobile license plates issued to drivers here€ — and even most other vanity series plates€ — carry both Arabic and Western numerals and script, defining the issuing city and country.


It is very interesting to see what results from the extreme wealth in the UAE.

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