The Dubai based Indian expat and chairman of the RSG International, Balwinder Sahni, bought a unique car number plate D5 for a whopping Dh. 33 million at an aunction conducted by Road and Transport Authority.
“People were increasing the bids in their hundreds of thousands, I was raising the bids by Dh1 million” Sahani said.
He further continued to narrate “Dh50 million, Dh100 million, whatever the bidding would have reached, I would have bought it”.
The reason that the 44-year-old was so adamant to get his hands on the D5 numer plate was, “Because number 9 is my lucky number. D is the fourth letter in the alphabet and add that to 5, it makes 9.”
He also admitted that it was a “Tough bidding war” in which he was determined to win”. He said that he had planned “no budget” to make D5 number plate a part of his collection. “I like collecting unique number plates and I am proud to have got this number” Sahani said, adding “I have collected 10 number plates so far and I am looking forward to having more. It’s a passion. This number will go to one of my Rolls Royce”. Sahani is the proud owner of 6 Rolls Royces and he plans to embed this newly bought number plate to his black one.
His passion for collecting special number plates also led him to buy yet another number plate at the same RTA auction which he purchased for Dh 1 million at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.
A total of 80 fancy number plates had been auctioned under the hammer at this event. The money raised from the auction of these plate numbers will go to charity.
This was, however, not the first time that Sahani has spent a fortune on bidding for a car’s unique number plate. In 2014, he bid Dh. 24 million for the number plate 9.
This year, Shani, who wore a blue Kandora, among those in white, became the highest bidder of all times at the RTA auction.