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Most Expensive UK Number Plates

Highest Prices Paid for UK Personal Number Plates
Rank Plate Price Date Current Est. Price
125 O £518,480Nov 2014£750,000
2X 1£502,500Nov 2012£1,000,000
3G 1 £500,000Sep 2011£1,000,000
4F 1 £440,625Jan 2008Asking £10,000,000
5S 1£404,063Sep 2008£1,000,000
61 D £352,411Mar 2009£500,000
71 S£340,000Mar 2010£600,000
8M 1£331,500Jun 2006£1,000,000
9GB 1£325,000Nov 2009£500,000
10D 2£300,096Oct 2015£350,000
11VIP 1£285,000Jan 2006£500,000
121 BM£285,000Dec 2014£300,000
13V 1£275,000Dec 2006£1,000,000
14S 5£270,300Mar 2016£400,000
15GN 1£260,146Oct 2016£300,000
16GS 1£258,775Jul 2005£500,000
1751 NGH£254,000Apr 2006£500,000
181 RH£247,952Nov 2008£300,000
19MS 1£235,000Sep 2007£500,000
20MG 1£235,000Sep 2009£350,000
21KR15 HNA£233,360May 2015£250,000
22K1 NGS£231,000Dec 1993£500,000
23Y 1£225,000Apr 2006£1,000,000
24R 9£220,000Mar 2016£250,000
251 O £210,242Jan 2009£500,000
26LD 1£210,000Nov 2013£300,000
27JH 1£200,000Jul 2009£400,000
28SM 1£200,000Sep 2014£300,000
29FS 1£200,000Aug 2016£300,000
30BOB 1£200,000Jun 2016£250,000
311 JL£200,000Jul 2016£250,000
32CH 1£200,000Jun 2016£300,000
331 OO£197,000Apr 2006£250,000
341 MB£190,000Nov 2015£300,000
35LT 1£180,000Jun 2007£300,000
361 KF£180,000Oct 2015£200,000
37KB 1£180,000Mar 2011£350,000
381 A£202,480Dec 1989£500,000
39D 9£175,000Jun 2015£250,000
40SP 1£175,000Jun 2016£300,000
41LF 1£175,000Aug 2015£250,000
42MB 1£170,000Jun 2002£500,000
43L 2£170,000Nov 2011£300,000
44SR 1£167,500Sep 2007£300,000
45PN 1£164,904Jan 2011£250,000
461 MS£160,000Mar 2015£250,000
47GB 2£160,000Jan 2010£250,000
48GP 1£159,920Aug 2011£300,000
49MP 1£159,877Jun 2005£300,000
502 O£142,249Mar 2009£200,000
51250 L£130,328Nov 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.