But he will not be keeping the vanity plate, Buzbee said today after being announced as the winning bidder. Instead, Buzbee said he plans to give the plate to a decorated war hero who is an A&M graduate and “deserves it more than I do.” He did not name the recipient.
Buzbee will be presented with the plate during Saturday’s game against Alabama, completing a process that resulted in the highest purchase price of an official State of Texas license plate. The previous high was $25,000 for plates with the word “HOUSTON.” The world record, cited in a 2008 Bloomberg report, is $14.2 million for a “1” license plate purchased by a businessman in the United Arab Emirates.
Proceeds from the month-long auction will benefit A&M and the General Revenue Fund of Texas. Buzbee will own the rights to the plate for a 10-year team, with first option on renewal after that.
_ Jimmy Burch