Take a look at some of the world’s most expensive number plates

People purchase private number plates for all sorts of reasons. Many people add personalised number plates to their vehicles to express their personalities or celebrate their wealth, whilst others see them as an investment that they can make a sizeable profit on later. Prices for personalised number plates can vary for all sorts of reasons and range from affordable to eye-wateringly expensive. Let’s explore some of the most expensive number plates in the world right now.

 

  1. 25 O – £518.000

 

The ‘25 O’ plate was bought by John Collins in 2014. The Ferrari dealer has reportedly added it to his Ferrari 250SWB. The car itself was formerly owned by Eric Clapton and is said to be worth approximately £10 million.

 

  1. X1 £502,000

 

This plate was bought in 2012 by a private buyer and apparently now resides on a 2008 Mercedes.

 

  1. G 1 – £500,000

 

The G 1 plate was the UK’s most expensive at one point and was acquired for half a million pounds back in 2011. It is now attached to a 2015 Aston Marin according to reports.

 

  1. F1 – £440,000

 

This number plate was purchased by entrepreneur Afzal Kahn in 2008 and is over a century old. Although this was a record-breaker, Kahn has actually turned down an offer of £6 million to relinquish the plate, saying he has no intention of selling it. The plate currently sits on his Bugatti Veyron.

 

  1. S1 – £397,500

 

This plate was the first to ever be issued in Scotland and is the UK’s second-most expensive ever sold. The final price vastly exceeded estimates of up to £250,000 made before the auction, with the identity of the buyer remaining unknown.

 

  1. 1D – £352, 411

 

This plate was bought by the businessman Nabil Bishara in 2009 and was a record-breaker at the time. It was then added to Bishara’s wife’s Bentley. It smashed the previous record of £254,000, the figure the ‘51ngh’ changed hands for. The plate has nothing to do with now-defunct boy band One Direction, having been issued a year before they formed.

 

  1. 1 S – £340,000

 

This plate was purchased in 2010 and is now found on a Rolls-Royce Phantom. It has apparently doubled in value since it changed hands.

 

 

  1. M1 – £331,500

 

This plate once sat on a 1900 Mercedes before it was sold at Bonhams in 2006 by Mark Coomb, who purchased it for his young son, with proceeds being donated to the Tatton Park Charitable Trust.

 

  1. GB 1 – £325,000

 

This patriotic plate has apparently risen in value since the UK’s decision to exit the European Union and was sold in 2009 to a private value. Experts say it could now fetch up to £500,000.

 

  1. D 1 – £300,096

 

This plate sold at auction in autumn 2015 and is now fitted to a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

 

  1. VIP 1 – £285,000

 

Now owned by Chelsea owner and tycoon Roman Abromavich, this plate now has a home on the billionaire’s Bugatti Veyron. The plate has been owned by many VIP figures in the past and was originally produced to mark Pope John Paul II’s visit to Island.

 

  1. 51 NGH – £254,000

 

As previously discussed above, this plate, with a registration that closely resembles the popular Sik surname ‘Singh’, changed hands in 2006.

 

  1. 1 RH – £247,000

 

This place sold for 30 times its estimated cost to Robert Harverson in 2006.

 

  1. K1 NGS – £231,000

 

Featuring a registration with a striking similarity to the word ‘kings’, this number plate was purchased in the UK way back in 1993, with the lucky winner apparently being an Arab Sultan.

 

  1. 1 0 – £170,000

 

This simple but effective private registration plate swapped owners in 2009.

 

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