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.