The two-day open auction for the CH01-BA series concluded on Sunday, with the number 0101 securing the highest bid of the day.
In total, Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) collected Rs 70.50 lakh-Rs 50.36 lakh on the first day and the remaining on the second. As many as 279 numbers, including 183 on the second day, were successfully auctioned this time.
Day two of the auction saw a sector-35 resident Neelam Rishi secure the coveted number for Rs 1, 75,000 as against its reserve price of Rs 15,000.
CH01-BA-1111 secured the second highest bid of the day: following a tough fight between Sebiz Infotech Limited, Sector 9, Chandigarh and a Sector-9 resident Varun Kapoor, the former finally managed to seal the deal at Rs Rs 1, 66,000.
Talking to HT, Joginder Singh, who represented the company, said, "I was instructed to secure the number at all costs, as the owner of the company, Manilal Dhariwal, considers it his lucky number."
Dhariwal also has the same registration number for three of his cars-two BMWs and a Mercedes. Registration number CH01-BA-22 became the third most expensive number of the day. Following a series of bids from two competitors, Jagjit Singh and Cheep Boot House, Dalwinder Kaur, resident of Sector 45, bought the number for Rs 1,06,000.
While many numbers fetched high amount of money, there were others, such as 8181 and 9595, which were sold for as little as Rs 6,000.
RLA's Kashish Mittal attributes the overwhelming response to the holiday season rush. "Towards New Year's Eve, people tend to buy new cars and new numbers. The auction adds special flavour to their celebrations. I am glad that we earned a handsome amount in two days" he said.
Earnings from the last five series
CH-01-BA RS 70.50 lakh
CH-01-AZ Rs 71 lakh
CH-01-AY Rs 75 lakh
CH-01-AX Rs 98 lakh
CH-01-AW Rs 69 lakh