Oxford Belfry Hotel number plate auction brings in the cash for DVLA

Witney Gazette: Jody Davies, DVLA personalised registrations’ events manager    Picture: OX57073 Ric Mellis Buy this photo Jody Davies, DVLA personalised registrations’ events manager Picture: OX57073 Ric Mellis

AN auction of personalised number plates in Oxfordshire has already netted the Government nearly £1m, with this registration ‘17 O’, expected to attract bids of at least £5,000.

The three-day sale at the Oxford Belfry Hotel in Milton Common, near Thame, started yesterday and continues until tomorrow.

A total of 1,500 personalised plates are going under the hammer and the first day raised £986,860 for the Treasury.

Jody Davies, DVLA personalised registrations’ events manager, said: “The Oxford Belfry Hotel is a new venue for us and has been specifically chosen for its central location and for its convenience to the M40.”

Callum Whitby, 51, from Castle Douglas, Scotland, was looking to buy CA11 UMS plate. He set off from home at 1am yesterday to get to the auction in time for the 12.50pm lot. Mr Whitby put in a few bids but pulled out at £19,400. The plate finally went for £26,000.

He said: “The plate would have been a late 50th birthday present to myself. It was a long way to go for nothing.”

Today’s top lot is expected to be the 17 O plate, which has a reserve of £5,000. Bidding starts at 6.10pm.

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1:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

£26,000 for a number plate, what recession?
£26,000 for a number plate, what recession? Grunden Skip
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1:37pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

And Callum, why not pop down the road and treat yourself to a late birthday pressie, in Le Manior, you will still have £18,400 left over, after the best meal of your life.
And Callum, why not pop down the road and treat yourself to a late birthday pressie, in Le Manior, you will still have £18,400 left over, after the best meal of your life. Grunden Skip
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