Music veteran Engelbert Humperdinck is trying to trace a rich mystery man who offered to buy his personalised car number plate, EH1 – for £2 million.
The singer, who reached No1 in the pop charts in 1967 with Please Release Me, represented the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, was approached by what he described as “a very nice man from the UAE” after parking his Rolls Royce Corniche outside London’s Savoy Hotel.
The 76-year-old crooner was in London to finish recording his new studio album to be released early next year. He dined at the hotel restaurant where the man struck up conversation and proposed buying the plate for £2m because he shared the same initials.
Humperdinck promised to call to “close the deal” after the potential buyer handed him a card, but he later found he had lost the card.
“His surname was Hussein and obviously his initial must have been E,” Humperdinck said.