The Canton of St. Gallen is auctioning off the “SG 4” license plate

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The “SG 4” license plate can be auctioned until next Wednesday. That such a low number is offered is rare. The price is already over 100,000 francs.

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This license plate can be bid on until May 4th.

Road Traffic Office St. Gallen

But if you want it, you have to be able to dig deep into your pocket.  After a few hours, the price was already over a hundred thousand francs.

But if you want it, you have to be able to dig deep into your pocket. After a few hours, the price was already over a hundred thousand francs.

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The “SG 1” was auctioned in 2013 for CHF 135,000. “We are currently expecting a price of around 120,000 francs for the ‘SG 4’,” estimates Hanspeter Sigg, Head of the St. Gallen Tourist Office (right, next to Government Councilor Fredy Fässler).

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  • The canton of St. Gallen is auctioning off the “SG 4” license plate.

  • You can bid on the number on the Internet until May 4th.

  • After a few hours, the maximum price is already over 100,000 francs.

  • The «SG 1» was built in 2013 auctioned for 135,000 francs.

  • Despite the auction, the canton remains in possession of the number.

Since Tuesday evening, it has been possible to bid on the number “SG 4” on the website of the St. Gallen Road Traffic Office. The auction lasts until May 4th. Until then, the total for the one-digit number can be increased in increments of 100 or more.

The starting price for the number was 5,000 francs. After 48 seconds, the price had already risen to 15,000 francs, and a minute later to 20,000 francs. After just 22 minutes, the price had soared to 75,000 francs. User “La_Ferrari” was the first to raise the price to 100,000 francs.

On Wednesday morning, the maximum was CHF 105,500. “We are surprised ourselves,” says Hanspeter Sigg, head of the St. Gallen Road Traffic Office. A sum of between 70,000 and 80,000 francs was expected. “The price went through the roof,” says Sigg.

More single digit number in stock

In 2013, the “SG 1” was auctioned for CHF 135,000. With this sum, the number became one of the most expensive in Switzerland. “We are currently expecting a price of around 120,000 francs for the ‘SG 4’,” estimates Sigg.

Even with these sums, the numbers remain in the possession of the road traffic office. “The person receives the user rights and can pass them on within the family,” says Sigg. He himself finds the auction exciting, but: “I have a normal number on my car.”

In addition to the “SG 4”, the Road Traffic Office has another one-digit number in stock: the “SG 5”. This will be auctioned off at a later date. “That will be the case in a year or two,” says Sigg. As with all number plate auctions, the money raised goes into the canton’s treasury. “Most of the time, the money is transferred without hesitation.” However, we hope that we will receive the money within 30 days.

Wrong bidders will be blocked

License plates with unusual numbers always fetch high prices at auctions. In December 2020, the “SG 118” license plate was sold for CHF 35,500.

It was a repeat of an auction from 2019, because at that time the highest bidder had never transferred the amount of 16,100 francs. “These people are destroying the auction,” said Sigg to 20 minutes at the time. Such persons must pay the administrative costs and will be blocked from future auctions.

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