A Texas A&M specialty auto license plate has been awarded to a prominent Houston attorney for a record winning bid of $115,000.
Kim Drummond with Austin-based My Plates said bids stalled at $42,000 at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. But a bidding war ensued that shot the price upward by the noon deadline.
The top bidder was Tony Buzbee, who has represented plaintiffs against oil giant BP and in other high-profile cases. He said the plate will be given to an Iraq war veteran he knows.
“I intend to give the 12THMAN plate to someone I think very highly of and who deserves it more than I do," said Buzbee. "I'm not saying who it is yet, but I see him as a 12th Man to our country. He did a lot more than pay a hundred-thousand dollars for a license plate."
My Plates, the state customized license plate contractor, auctioned off 10-year rights to the plate.
The previous record for a specialty plate was a bid of $25,000 in January for "HOUSTON."
The money raised from the plate will go into the General Revenue Fund of Texas.
The 12THMAN plate will be presented to Buzbee, in front of 88,000 fans at Kyle Field, during the Texas A&M-Alabama game Saturday.