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Most Expensive UK Number Plates

There are some questions that we get asked again and again, and one in particular that is definitely the most frequently asked question from journalists...

What is the UK’s most expensive number plate?

The top 10 highest prices paid to date for UK personalised number plates are:

  1. 25 O
    Sold for £518,480 in Nov 2014
  2. X 1
    Sold for £502,500 in Nov 2012
  3. G 1
    Sold for £500,000 in Sep 2011
  4. F 1
    Sold for £440,625 in Jan 2008
  5. S 1
    Sold for £404,063 in Sep 2008
  6. 1 D
    Sold for £352,411 in Mar 2009
  7. 1 S
    Sold for £340,000 in Mar 2010
  8. M 1
    Sold for £331,500 in Jun 2006
  9. GB 1
    Sold for £325,000 in Nov 2009
  10. D 2
    Sold for £300,096 in Oct 2015
Entrepreneur John Collins on the purchase of the number plate 25 O. The UK's most expensive number plate'

Those are the very top performers but if you want more then see our expanded table below featuring the full top 50!

NB: Prices are totals inclusive of all fees and taxes.

Highest Prices Paid for UK Personal Number Plates

Rank Plate Price Date Current Est. Price
1 25 O £518,480 Nov 2014 £750,000
2 X 1 £502,500 Nov 2012 £1,000,000
3 G 1 £500,000 Sep 2011 £1,000,000
4 F 1 £440,625 Jan 2008 Asking £10,000,000
5 S 1 £404,063 Sep 2008 £1,000,000
6 1 D £352,411 Mar 2009 £500,000
7 1 S £340,000 Mar 2010 £600,000
8 M 1 £331,500 Jun 2006 £1,000,000
9 GB 1 £325,000 Nov 2009 £500,000
10 D 2 £300,096 Oct 2015 £350,000
11 VIP 1 £285,000 Jan 2006 £500,000
12 1 BM £285,000 Dec 2014 £300,000
13 V 1 £275,000 Dec 2006 £300,000
14 S 5 £270,300 Mar 2016 £400,000
15 GN 1 £260,146 Oct 2016 £300,000
16 GS 1 £258,775 Jul 2005 £500,000
17 51 NGH £254,000 Apr 2006 £500,000
18 1 RH £247,952 Nov 2008 £300,000
19 MS 1 £235,000 Sep 2007 £500,000
20 MG 1 £235,000 Sep 2009 £350,000
21 KR15 HNA £233,360 May 2015 £250,000
22 K1 NGS £231,000 Dec 1993 £500,000
23 Y 1 £225,000 Apr 2006 £1,000,000
24 R 9 £220,000 Mar 2016 £250,000
25 1 O £210,242 Jan 2009 £500,000
26 LD 1 £210,000 Nov 2013 £300,000
27 1 A £202,480 Dec 1998 £500,000
28 JH 1 £200,000 Jul 2009 £400,000
29 SM 1 £200,000 Sep 2014 £300,000
30 FS 1 £200,000 Aug 2016 £300,000
31 BOB 1 £200,000 Jun 2016 £250,000
32 1 JL £200,000 Jun 2016 £250,000
33 CH 1 £200,000 Jul 2016 £250,000
34 1 OO £197,000 Apr 2006 £250,000
35 1 MB £190,000 Nov 2015 £300,000
36 LT 1 £180,000 Jun 2007 £300,000
37 1 KF £180,000 Oct 2015 £200,000
38 KB 1 £180,000 Mar 2011 £350,000
39 D 9 £175,000 Jun 2015 £250,000
40 SP 1 £175,000 Jun 2016 £300,000
41 LF 1 £175,000 Aug 2015 £250,000
42 MB 1 £170,000 Jun 2002 £500,000
43 L 2 £170,000 Nov 2011 £300,000
44 SR 1 £167,500 Sep 2007 £300,000
45 PN 1 £164,904 Jan 2011 £250,000
46 1 MS £160,000 Mar 2015 £250,000
47 GB 2 £160,000 Jan 2010 £250,000
48 GP 1 £159,920 Aug 2011 £300,000
49 MP 1 £159,877 Jun 2005 £300,000
50 2 O £142,249 Mar 2009 £200,000
51 250 L £130,328 Nov 2014 £250,000

Prices include estimated fees and taxes.

Personal number plates are now considered to be like fine wines, classic cars - an alternative investment. The values of top quality examples are growing, worldwide. You may find it hard to believe that eight of the ten most expensive UK number plates have been purchased since the onset of the 2007/2008 financial crisis and its subsequent ramifications. People are already paying millions of pounds for a single registration in some parts of the world. In the UK, outstanding examples command prices in excess of half a million pounds.

Over two thirds of the top 50 most expensive number plates were sold by Regtransfers

  • pimlico plumbers

    “We are London’s most successful plumbing company, and a lot of that I put down to the recognition we have got from our vehicles with the number plates on."

    - Charlie Mullins, Pimlico Plumbers

  • Duncan Bannatyne

    "It's the easiest thing in the world to sell and buy a number plate through Regtransfers."

    - Entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne OBE

  • John Collins with 25 O

    "It is the ultimate plate for the ultimate car. I could have bought a really good Ferrari for the money but I decided I really wanted the plate and I wasn't going to stop bidding on it."

    - John Collins

  • James Caan

    "If you look back over the last ten years, the value of number plates has gone up a lot."

    - Entrepreneur James Caan CBE


To find out more about the investment potential of high-quality personal number plates, please visit this page: The Alternative Investment

Spending a few hundred pounds on a personalised number plate is something most people are quite comfortable with; the increasing number of private registrations sold in the UK each year demonstrates the fact. That shouldn’t surprise us; a good registration can do more to personalise a vehicle than any other change. A flashy spoiler or custom paint job may be eye-catching, but no one can guarantee it will be unique. With a private registration, that is exactly what is guaranteed: uniqueness, forever.

  • The top 15 most expensive were all over quarter of a million pounds

  • The top 3 most expensive were all over half a million pounds

  • 64% of the top 50 most expensive were £200,000 or over

But what is it that makes someone willing to pay thousands of pounds for their ultimate personalised registration number? The factors that dictate the value of a registration number are many and varied. With initials, it is mostly the number of people who have those particular initials. If that number is large, then the potential demand is considerable and that can make some "initials" plates fairly valuable. With names and words, the value comes from a combination of potential demand and the quality of the number from a visual point of view. With "number 1" plates, the value is due to exclusivity and prestige.

“We’ve been dealing with Registration Transfers now for nearly 25 years, they’ve supplied a hell of a lot of number plates for us, and you can see the amount of publicity that we get. Celebrity customers that use us, in the paper, everybody seems to mention the vans, everybody mentions the number plates.

“It’s our biggest form of advertisement, and hopefully we can continue to work with Registration Transfers for years to come. They have offered us a great service which has certainly got us, the company, to the position we are in today as the most known plumbing company in the world. “

From Pimlico Plumbers - Charlie Mullins

  • Pimlico plumbers
  • Pimlico plumbers employees

Fun and sheer enjoyment drive the vast majority of number plates purchases, but increasing number of buyers purchase their private registrations speculatively, with the intention of selling later at a profit; and it really is a serious investment, as serious as investment in stocks and shares, or in art. Former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson is famously quoted as saying that a good personal registration could be "better than money in the bank". The earliest numbers issued in Britain are now much more than 100 years old, thus meeting the widely applied age criterion that defines an antique.

Furthermore, there is an emerging market in private number plates for marketing, PR and branding in business. Sir Alan Sugar and Dragons' Den moguls Duncan Bannatyne, and Theo Paphitis all recognise the usefulness of private plates when it comes to building and reinforcing an image. Sir Alan's AMS 1 plate featured prominently in the opening sequence of The Apprentice.

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