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Big Spenders!

The values of top quality number plates are growing, worldwide. With each year that passes, international records for the highest prices paid are being shattered. As you can see from the video on this page, people are already paying millions of pounds for a single registration in some parts of the world. The UK is a little more cautious, but outstanding examples can command prices in excess of a quarter of a million pounds.

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 that. It isn’t very surprising, as 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.

It is, perhaps, harder for some people to understand why owners willingly pay many thousands of pounds for their ultimate personalised number plates. While there is still a fun aspect, even to the most expensive and sought-after registrations, many owners also have very serious reasons for their purchases. In fact, “investments” is probably a more appropriate word to use in these cases.

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.

An increasing number of sharp-eyed buyers have the knack of spotting those number plates with the most potential. They purchase them speculatively, with the intention of selling later at a profit. And it really is a serious investment, in just the same way 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”.

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. Paphitis, who is famous for his association with Ryman and La Senza, has a particular eye for the branding potential of plates. He owns RYM 4N and LA53 NZA.

Auction Prices Paid for UK Personal Number Plates

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Rank Plate Price Date Story/Video
1 25 O £518,480 Nov 2014 Story & video
2 F 1 £440,625 Jan 2008 video
3 S 1 £404,063 Sep 2008  
4 1 D £352,411 Mar 2009 Info & video
5 M 1 £331,500 Jun 2006  
6 VIP 1 £285,000 Jan 2006  
7 N 70 £276,000 Jan 2013  
8 GS 1 £258,775 Jul 2005  
9 51 NGH £254,000 Apr 2006  
10 1 RH £247,952 Nov 2008  
11 KR15 HNA £233,360 May 2015  
12 K1 NGS £231,000 Dec 1993  
13 1 O £210,242 Jan 2009 Info & video
14 1 OO £197,000 Apr 2006  
15 1 OOO £160,000 Dec 1989  
  1 A £160,000 Dec 1989  
17 2 O £142,249 Mar 2009  
18 250 L £130,328 Nov 2014  
19 6 B £130,000 Sep 2008  
20 458 SA £129,680 Sep 2015  
21 1 HRH £113,815 Jan 2009  
22 MR51 NGH £101,050 Apr 2006  
23 6 O £100,216 Dec 2009  
24 KR15 HAN £98,576 May 2015  
26 3 S £94,035 Jan 2009  
25 9 O £93,183 Mar 2010  
27 10 O £92,920 Oct 2010  
28 458 S £90,800 May 2015  
29 50 O £89,504 Sep 2015  
30 5 O £87,854 Oct 2009  
31 S1 NGH £86,000 Nov 1998  
32 7 O £82,814 Jun 2010  
33 1 0000 £80,288 Jan 2010  
34 JS 1 £80,000 Mar 1990  
35 RU55 ELL £79,314 Apr 2006  
36 DH11 LON £79,136 Feb 2012  
38 488 S £76,544 Sep 2015  
37 100 O £71,360 Sep 2012  
39 8 O £69,552 Aug 2010  
40 MUS 1C £65,000 Dec 1989  
41 250 GT £64,880 Sep 2015  
42 12 O £63,290 Feb 2011  
43 1 TSD £63,236 Aug 2010  
44 3 O £63,129 Jun 2009  
  4 O £63,129 Aug 2009  
46 A5 TON £61,000 Nov 2000  
47 675 LTS £60,065 Feb 2016  
48 1 C £56,000 Mar 2000  
49 1 T £56,000 Dec 1989  
50 S1 UNY £54,512 Oct 2009  

Prices include estimated fees and taxes.

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

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