- A Chinese phone number has been auctioned off for a massive amount of $300,000.
- The reason for the high amount is for the right to use the ‘auspicious’ string of numbers.
A Chinese phone number has been sold for a staggering amount of 2.25 million yuan or $300,000 at an online auction. The reason for the massive amount is apparently for the right to use the ‘auspicious’ string of numbers.
The number ends with five eights, a sought-after combination in China as the word ‘eight’ in Mandarin sounds similar to the word ‘prosperity.’
The number was one of the assets seized and ordered for auction by a court in Beijing. The online auction attracted more than five thousand bids between Saturday and Sunday.
Phone users in China often pay massive amounts for combinations of numbers that are considered to be lucky, in particular companies seeking to impress clients and business partners.
The winner of the ‘lucky’ number paid 400 yuan to join the action and has ten days to come up with the remaining sum.
The number four, which in Mandarin sounds similar to “death”, is least favoured.
Eight is the most sought-after digit, and so prized in China that the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing started officially at eight minutes past eight on the eighth day of August, the eighth month.
A phone number ending in eight sevens holds the record on the auction platform for fetching 3.91 million yuan at a 2017 auction.
Seven sounds like “arise” or “life essence” and is considered a good number for relationships.
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