DALLAS (AP) - A Texas A&M "12THMAN" specialty auto license plate has been awarded to a Houston resident for a record winning bid of $115,000.
According to ESPN, the winner, Tony Buzbee, an attorney from Houston, will be presented with the plates during the second quarter of Saturday's football game versus Alabama. Buzbee, who is a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, plants to give the plates to a decorated war veteran who graduated from Texas A&M.
"I'm not saying who it is yet, but I see him as a 12th man to our country," said Buzbee. "He did a lot more than pay $100,000 for a license plate."
Kim Drummond with Austin-based My Plates says bids stalled at about $42,000 at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. But a bidding war ensued that shot the price upward by the noon deadline.
My Plates, the state customized license plate contractor, auctioned off 10-year rights to the plate. The winner can renew rights to the plate after 10 years for $795.
The previous record for a specialty plate was a bid of $25,000 in January for "HOUSTON."
Copyright 20123 KLTV. ALl rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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