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The world's most expensive number plates

Highest prices paid for the world's most expensive personal number plates.

What is the most expensive number plate in the world?

The answer is that the Dubai number plate AA 9 is the world's most expensive confirmed sale of a car registration number to date.

The top 50 highest priced private car registrations globally are shown in the table below. Ranking sales that occurred in different currencies at different times is difficult, so we have ranked this table according to the converted price in UK pounds. In each case, conversion is at the exchange rate prevailing at the time the sale occurred.

The UK market continues to grow and there are signs that top British prices could soon approach the levels seen in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It is widely believed that the legendary number A 1 would command a price in excess of £1m should it come onto the market and businessman Afzal Kahn, owner of F 1, claims to have turned down an offer of £6m for that registration.

The World's top 12 most expensive number plates infographic
Representation of the Dubai registration number 1

I have collected 10 number plates so far and I am looking forward to having more. It's a passion.

Balwinder Sahani
Representation of the Abu Dhabi registration number 1

The price is fair. After all, who among us does not want to be number one?

Saeed Abdel Ghaffar Khouri

Conspicuous omissions

Readers who have encountered other articles claiming to list the world's most expensive plates may notice two conspicuous omissions from the table on this page. Reports that the Qatar number 333355 was sold in 2014 for QR 200m (£35m) have turned out to be spurious. Abdulla Matar Al Mannaei of Emirates Auctions told Regtransfers that the 'sale' was in fact a system error, so that entry has been removed from the rankings.

Similarly, the reported sale, in November 2016, of an Abu Dhabi number 1 registration for AED 31m (£6.84m) has been removed from the table. The would-be purchaser admitted to writing a cheque that he did not have the funds to cover and was subsequently convicted of fraud.

Full details of some sales are difficult to present clearly due to peculiarities of local licence plate systems and the rather vague nature of some news reports. For example, numbers such as Abu Dhabi's 7 and 11 appear more than once in the table. This is because the same number may be issued in more than one series or category. News reports generally omit reference to the category, announcing only the main number.

The situation is similar in Australia where different states may issue the same numbers. The sale reported internationally as NSW 4, was referred to in many Australian publications simply as registration number 4.


Highest prices paid for personal number plates worldwide

# Registration Local price Price (GBP) Year Location
1 AA 9 AED 38m £7,620,140 2021 Dubai
2 AA 8 AED 35m £7,497,781 2022 Dubai
3 D 5 AED 33m £7,324,207 2016 Dubai
4 1 AED 52.2m £7,250,000 2008 Abu Dhabi
5 2 AED 23m £4,991,380 2022 Abu Dhabi
6 O 9 AED 25m £4,363,000 2015 Dubai
7 5 AED 25.2m £3,500,000 2007 Abu Dhabi
8 7 AED 16.8m £3,000,000 2010 Abu Dhabi
9 7 AED 13.4m £2,958,057 2016 Abu Dhabi
10 0 9 AED 13.4m £2,379,706 2015 Abu Dhabi
11 9 AED 15.4m £2,153,846 2008 Abu Dhabi
12 2 AED 10m £2,061,850 2017 Abu Dhabi
13 9 AED 10m £1,720,000 2010 Abu Dhabi
14 28 HKD 18.1m £1,616,000 2016 Hong Kong
15 7 AED 11.4m £1,583,333 2008 Abu Dhabi
16 18 HKD 16.5m £1,513,372 2008 Hong Kong
17 NSW 4 AUD 2.4m £1,500,000 2017 Australia
18 11 AED 6.1m £1,346,578 2016 Abu Dhabi
19 VIC 14 AUD 2.38m £1,346,485 2022 Australia
20 V HKD 13m £1,341,589 2017 Hong Kong
21 12 AED 8.9m £1,240,000 2010 Abu Dhabi
22 99 AED 6.5m £1,107,325 2009 Abu Dhabi
23 11 AED 8m £1,098,901 2007 Abu Dhabi
24 10 AED 4.5m £993,377 2016 Abu Dhabi
25 22 AED 4.65m £964,741 2016 Abu Dhabi
26 66 AED 4.4m £946,236 2016 Abu Dhabi
27 55 AED 6.5m £892,857 2007 Hong Kong
28 F 55 AED 4m £855,887 2022 Dubai
29 9 HKD 13m £832,258 1994 Hong Kong
30 Y 66 AED 3.8m £813,093 2022 Dubai
31 45 AED 5m £686,813 2007 Abu Dhabi
32 16 HKD 8.5m £676,751 2011 Hong Kong
33 AA 10 AED 3.1m £630,080 2017 Dubai
34 13 HKD 7.4m £625,528 2010 Hong Kong
35 26 HKD 7m £591,715 2010 Hong Kong
36 29 HKD 7m £583,333 2008 Hong Kong
37 88 AED 4.2m £576,923 2007 Abu Dhabi
38 19 AED 3.5m £576,492 2010 Abu Dhabi
39 25 O More details £518,480 £518,480 2014 UK
40 111 AED 3.1m £506,027 2016 Abu Dhabi
41 X 1 £502,676 £502,676 2012 UK
42 G 1 £500,126 £500,126 2011 UK
43 RR 1 £472,000 £472,000 2018 UK
44 F 1 More details £440,625 £440,625 2008 UK
45 E 15 AED 3.1m £434,782 2007 Dubai
46 NSW 29 AUD 745,000 £428,160 2017 Australia
47 SH 1 £415,143 £415,143 2019 UK
48 S 1 £404,063 £404,063 2008 UK
49 11111 AED 2.8m £396,021 2016 Abu Dhabi
50 RH 1 £390,176 £390,176 2021 UK

Sources: www.emlratesauction.com/en/, www.td.gov.uk/en/home, www.gulfnews.com, www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com, www.arabianbusiness.com, www.middleeasteye.net, www.indianexpress.com, www.jewishbusinessnews.com, www.standard.co.uk, www.khaleejtimes.com, www.bbc.co.uk, www.news.com.au.

We are grateful to Emirates Auctions and the Hong Kong Transport Department for the information provided.

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