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25 Million Baht License Plate acquired by a University Student at an Auction

The Department of Land Transport handed the license plate ‘1 กก 111’ worth 25 million baht to James-Thanapat, the heir of a famous businessman in Chonburi, but what’s got people talking is how he chose to attach the license plate to a Nissan car which is only worth half a million baht. The Department of Land Transport is planning to put the license plate ‘2 กก 222’ for auctions next year.

25 million baht plate 1Reports said that on September 30 at 09.30 o’clock, Mr. Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, the director of the Department of Land Transport handed the license plate ‘1 กก 111’ to Mr. Thanapat Tuntisewekul (James), a 19 year-old forth year student at Assumption University (ABAC) and the heir of a famous businessman in Chonburi, who put in the winning bid the license plate at the auction with the price of 25 million baht which is the highest price in the 11 year history of the license plate auction event that the Department of Land Transport started in 2003.

Moverover, the Department of Land Transport allowed Mr. Thanapat to design the license plate himself. Mr. Thanapat drove his Nissan Almera to the Department of Land Transport to have the license plate attached to the car. The license plate was auctioned on March, 15 and was paid for and handed to Mr. Thanapat on September, 30.

Mr. Asdsathai stated that the money from the auction will be put in the Road Safety Fund and will be used in a campaign to prevent accidents on the road which educating citizens to learn about driving safety. The money will also been used to help handicapped people whose injuries resulted from car accidents. The highlight of the Department of Land Transport’s auction will be section ‘2 กก 2222’, the auction will be held in February next year. The biggest highlight which is license plates in section ‘9 ก 9999’ will available for auctions in 7 years.

Mr. Thanapat said that he is very glad we won the highest bid for the license plate, and he thinks it was not expensive as he thought it would be because he was prepared to pay 50 million for it at auction. The reason he was willing to give a lot of money for the license plate because the consonant ‘ก’ is the first consonant in Thai language, and the number ‘1’,which the license plate has 7 of them, means being number one. After he won atthe auction, he intended to use it himself since his family also like it. He added that he didn’t plan to auction it and sell it later, although someone already offered him 33 million baht for it.

25 million baht plateWith regards to him choosing a Nissan Almera which is a lot cheaper than the license plate, Mr. Thanapat explained he wanted to show that no matter what car you drive, cheap or expensive, you can have a cool license plate, and that he liked the car because it’s beautiful, and he plans to use it himself.

“My family has always been interested in the license plate auctions by the Department of Land Transport. We now have more than 10 license plates auctioned from the Department of Land Transport. The cheapest one was the ‘1 กก 5115’Bangkok license plate. The price was 130,000 baht. The most expensive one is .the ’1 กก 1111’ license plate which is worth 25 million baht. By auctioning this, we consider that our family is helping the society because the money goes to the Road Safety campaign Fund.”

The reporters asked if he’s related to Pa Cheng or Mrs. Siriwan Sirisunthrin, a 72 year-old who owns Enzyme Ionic Plasma treatment water and cable TV channel call Super Cheng in Pathum Thani, he answered that he has no idea where that information came from. When asked about his family business, he said that he doesn’t want to reveal the details, and also said that he’s planning to participate in another auction for license plates. He has the one he wants in mind, he added, but wouldn’t tell because he’s afraid that the price is going to go up.

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