Thursday, September 12, 2013 , Updated 1:59 p.m., September 12, 2013
UPDATED: 12THMAN license plate goes for whopping $115,000
Texas A&M plays Alabama on Saturday in College Station, and the maroon versus crimson game is red-hot news.
Perhaps even hotter: A special maroon license plate that says "12THMAN" was auctioned for a whopping $115,000 today, according to Christy Hoppe at The Dallas Morning News.
We mentioned in August that "someone with deep pockets" would win this license plate, as the auction price skyrocketed to $30,500 barely one day after bidding began on August 12. But the difference between $30,500 and $115,000 is, well, massive.
The Texas A&M-Alabama game Saturday is dubbed "the game of the century," and ESPN says game tickets average more than $600. The sale of the 12THMAN plate was timed perfectly, as this weekend's impending game is Alabama's chance at revenge, or A&M's opportunity to prove Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is more than a social media star.
The $115,000 license plate is "the highest price ever paid for a license plate," according to the DMN. The most expensive plate ever sold in Texas, we reported, was "HOUSTON" for $25,000 in January.
The owner of the 12THMAN license plate is not yet known, the DMN says. Proceeds from the auction go to Texas A&M University and the General Revenue Fund of Texas. The winning bidder gets the plate for 10 years, and then gets first dibs on renewing it.
[UPDATE: Houston trial lawyer and Aggie Tony Buzbee shelled out $115K for the license plate, according to Hoppe. He's going to donate it to a war veteran and A&M grad.
"He did a lot more than pay $100,000 for a license plate," Buzbee said in a statement.]