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Jersey registration plate sells for £91,000

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A RUSTING second-hand scooter with a price tag of £91,000 might seem a bit expensive at first glance.

The J68 plate, attached to an ageing scooter, fetched £91,000 at auction (24863692)

But in spite of being in less-than-mint condition, the 50cc Taiwanese bike attracted considerable interest when it went under the hammer at Glencoe Auction Rooms in St Lawrence on Tuesday.

The desirability of lot number one at the auction stemmed entirely from the J68 registration plate to which the Kymco Agility scooter was attached, resulting in a winning bid that is believed to be a record for a two-digit J plate.

Auctioneer Simon Drieu said the offer of £91,000 by a private individual was £5,000 above what he believed was the previous record for the J19 plate, which was sold in June last year.

‘In theory, you might expect J19 to command a higher price because it’s a smaller number, but numbers are often very specific to an individual, and a number that means nothing to one person will be very significant to someone else,’ he said.

Mr Drieu explained that in order to sell a registration number at auction, it must be fixed to a motor vehicle of some kind.

A new Kymco Agility scooter costs around £1,500, meaning that the winning bidder could, if he had wished, have purchased 62 scooters for the same price as his prized plate.

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