Texas A&M Specialty License Plate Sells For $115,000

DALLAS (September 12, 2013)—A prominent Houston attorney had the winning bid of $115,000 for a specialty Texas A&M "12THMAN" auto license plate.

Kim Drummond with Austin-based My Plates says bids stalled at $42,000 at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, but then a bidding war ensued that pushed the price up 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 he will give the plate to an Iraq war veteran he knows, but declined to name.

"I'm not saying who it is yet, but I see him as a 12th Man to our country," said Buzbee, who said he was a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

"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 12THMAN plate will be presented to Buzbee during the Texas A&M-Alabama game Saturday.

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