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New DVLA auction plates January 2022

january auction 2022

The DVLA held its first auction of 2022 from 12th to 18th of January. This was a timed, online auction, although the agency is hoping to hold live auction events again beginning later this year.

The sale featured the usual variety of numbers for sale, from name and word plates to short combinations and initials. There were also those ever-present mystery numbers whose appeal may be obvious to the bidders but remains obscure to the rest of us. Interest was strong, as always, and while the auction didn't feature any lot likely to achieve a sum rivalling some of those from earlier sales, those numbers that were included sold for some very respectable prices.

Here are the top performers in this recent sale.

Registration Price
75 O £89,973
PAK 157N £82,140
1 OSM £45,033
OP71 ONS £38,613
11 YK £35,403
6 XN £31,808
UPP 41B £30,267
1 RUT £29,047
8 XV £28,341
MUU 5A £25,773
CHR 4S £25,285
2 OCM £24,617
10 HSD £24,502
6 NJW £23,590
10 RAH £22,049
H911 AND £21,908
825 M £20,637
24 YED £20,354
111 NAS £19,109
450 A £18,775

Two of the top 5 places are taken by PAK 157N ('Pakistan') and OP71 ONS ('options'). These were probably the best of the word numbers on offer. Many of the other lots that proved popular were short, dateless combinations.

The top sale, 75 O, was the latest in a long line of ‘O’ plates that have been offered for the first time in recent years, starting with 1 O, which sold for £218,360 in January 2009. The highest price achieved by an ‘O’ registration was £513,680 for 25 O, in November 2014. Perhaps surprisingly, many two-digit ‘O’ registrations have outsold their single-digit rivals. Here are the top ten 'O' number sales from previous years:

Reg Price Year
25 O £513,680 2014
1 O £218,360 2009
77 O £161,235 2021
2 O £147,740 2009
60 O £122,060 2016
6 O £104,084 2009
99 O £103,403 2021
9 O £95,738 2010
10 O £94,454 2010
5 O £91,244 2009

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