Two-digit black license plate fetches six-digit price
Black and White Delaware license plate number 20 was sold at auction over the weekend for a more than six-digit price tag.
The triple-estate auction was held Sunday at Emmert Auction Associates in Rehoboth Beach.
Seven low-digit tags were sold for thousands of dollars each, with the highest price offered on the Simonson estate’s Del 20. A retired oral surgeon from Rehoboth Beach beat out 15 other Delawareans with a bid of $410,000 for Del 20.
Emmert Auction President William D. Emmert says low digit tags are a Delaware thing.
“Nowhere in the country do they bring money like they do here—and hold their value. I mean they’re steadily going up. Since the 1950s we’ve seen two-digit tags go from $5,000 to $500,000,” said Emmert.
President William D. Emmert says single-digit license plates have gone for more, but this is a world record for a two-digit tag.
“There’s never been a tag between number 10 or number 100 to sell for $410,000 or anywhere real close to that,” he said.
Emmert adds with the exception of one plate sold in the United Arab Emirates almost all the top-selling license plates worldwide have been from Delaware.