'12THMAN' license plate sells for $115K
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 23:09
The “12THMAN” license plate up for auction by Texas A&M and MyPlates.com sold Thursday for a national record price of $115,000, the University announced Thursday.
Winning bidder Tony Buzbee, Houston attorney and Class of 1990, plans to donate the license plate to a decorated war veteran.
“I’m not saying who it is yet, but I see him as a 12th Man to our country,” Buzbee, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer, said in a statement. “He did a lot more than pay a hundred thousand dollars for a license plate.”
The winning bid gives Buzbee the right to the plate for 10 years with the option for renewal. The plate is fully transferable and can be sold.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of Mr. Buzbee and know, given his history of commitment to the University, that the privilege of displaying the 12THMAN plates, and the 91-year tradition they represent, will be placed in very deserving Aggie hands,” said Jason Cook, senior associate athletics director.
As a special honor, Texas A&M will present the 12THMAN license plate to Buzbee on Saturday in front of 88,000 fans at the Aggies’ SEC showdown with defending national champion Alabama at Kyle Field.
The seven-letter plate had not been previously available because the state didn’t begin allowing seven letters until 2011.
In January the “HOUSTON” license plate sold for $25,000, a state record at the time.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit Texas A&M University and the General Revenue Fund of Texas.