Black shiny cars has been the trademark of Georgia's Interior Ministry. (

TBILISI, DFWatch — Georgia’s Interior Ministry has decided to put its luxurious cars up for auction.

The new leadership at the ministry has prepared around 50 cars for sale, and models range from Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Vogue, to BMW X6, X5 and M5 and Mercedes S Class and ML.

According to the ministry, the cars to be auctioned off were purchased before the new Interior Minister was appointed.

Manuchar Katamadze, chair of the transport department at the ministry, says the total worth of the cars is about USD 1.8 million, with some being priced at more than USD 100 000. Maintenance costs ran more than a million lari per year.

The ministry has instead purchased around 30 new Toyota off-road vehicles and 10 smaller sedans, which have a long lifespan and require less maintenance.