Australia’s rarest heritage plate is days away from being sold at public auction for more than $10 million.
The New South Wales ”1″ number plate, which was made for the state’s first police commissioner, is being auctioned for the first time in more than a century.
It was in December put up for auction after decades of being “tightly held”, according to Lloyds Heritage Plates Auctions.
With only four days to go until the auction, the weeks-long current bid of $10,010,000 is looking to win.
“This is the most sought-after Heritage Plate in Australia,” the auctioneer said.
“This heritage “NSW 1″ number plate is a unicorn and is the holy grail must-have for any blue-chip passion investor or the no.1 gift for that person who has ‘everything’.”
The heritage plate was listed to the first police commissioner in 1910 before it was acquired by Sir Fredrick Stewart, the founding chairman of Australian National Airways, in the 1930s.
After his death, his widow Lady Majorie Stewart is believed to have declined offers to purchase the plate.
After her own death in 2000, the highly sought-after plates never entered the market.
“This is the first time “NSW 1″ is being offered via public auction in more than 110 years and will probably be the last, it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure the most desirable and prestigious number plates in Australia,” Lloyds said.
“Generally rare heritage plates such as these are passed down through generations within families so the significance of this 1 in 100-year bidding event is record-breaking in itself.”