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Mike Stevens | Feb, 25 2014 | 3 Comments

An upcoming Sydney auction is expected to see around $1.5 million made from a series of classic Australian number plates.

According to organisers of next month’s Shannons Sydney Autumn Auction, bidding for the 23 classic number-plate combinations will rival interest in the 26 classic cars that will also go under the hammer.

Bidding for the plates is expected to started at around $25,000 for the higher numbers, and closer to $100,000 for the more desireable low-number plates.

Twenty of the plates on offer have been released by the NSW RMS, marking the second time the government office has auctioned plates at a Shannons event.

Last year, the Shannons Sydney Classic Auction in February saw 19 classic plates take more than $1 million in total sales.

This year’s collection includes 11 three-digit plates starting from 227, six four-digit plates starting from 1099, and six five-digit plates starting at 10020.

Shannons says the guiding range for the three-digit plates is $70,000-$100,000, the four digit plates $35,000-$45,000 and the five digit plates $25,000-$35,000.

Some 23 classic motorcycles will also go up for auction at the event, with a collection spanning nearly 50 years of production.

The bikes, along with the 26 classic cars, are expected to garner massive international attention during the event.

Among the bikes bound for the auction are a 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead - with a $44-50,000 range estimated, along with a pristine 1951 500c Manx Featherbed, estimated at between $40-50,000.

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