Man pays $25,000 for “Houston” vanity plate at Houston Auto Show auction

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on January 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 11:40 PM

HOUSTON -- It was a record auction for personalized license plates at the Houston Auto Show Friday night.

Buyers were bidding on coveted messages on the plates.

"Rockets" ended up selling for $16,050.

But the most sought-after vanity plate was “Houston.” It sold for $25,000 to a local car dealer.

"I'm born and raised here in the City of Houston for 35 years,” said Chris Gillman. “I'm a sixth generation Texan… my family and I’ve been doing business here in Houston now since 1938, and this is a pretty special moment for me in my life.”

Some of the money raised at Friday’s auction will go to the state of Texas. Some of it also goes to charity.

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