'Lucky' licence plate goes for $910,000
A Hong Kong man wins the bidding for a license plate with the number 12.
February 23, 2005: 9:25 AM EST
HONG KONG, Feb 21 (Reuters) - A mysterious man in a mask drove off with the most expensive vehicle licence plate sold in Hong Kong since 1997, shelling out HK$7.1 million (US$910,000) at a weekend auction, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Monday.
The man, who wore a surgical mask and would not identify himself, left the auction immediately after winning the bid for licence plate number 12, which sounds like "certainly easy" in Cantonese, the South China Morning Post said.
The price was the highest for a licence plate in Hong Kong since the British colony was returned to China in 1997 and the third highest on record, the paper said.
The most expensive licence plate, number 9, was sold to tycoon Albert Yeung for HK$13 million (US$4 million) in 1994. That number nine sounds like "ever lasting" in Cantonese.