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The World's Most Expensive Number Plates

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

The World's Most Expensive Number Plates - from around the world infographic.

The most expensive number plate in the world?

The answer is that the Dubai number plate D 5 is the world's most expensive confirmed sale of a car registration number to date.

The top 35 highest priced private car registrations globally are shown in the following table. 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.

It is striking to see that, despite the continual breaking of British number plate price records, the UK does not currently appear on our top 30 infographic. Recent sales have pushed the UK's most expensive number, 25 O, below position 30, as may be seen in the text version of the table.

However, 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.

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

Balwinder Sahani

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 at position 12 in the table was reported internationally as NSW 4, whereas many Australian publications referred to it simply as registration number 4.

Highest Prices Paid for Personal Number Plates Worldwide

# Plate Local price Price (GBP) Date Country
1 D 5 33m AED £7,324,207 08/10/2016 Dubai, UAE
2 1 52.2m AED £7,250,000 17/02/2008 Abu Dhabi, UAE
3 O 9 25m AED £4,363,000.00 07/07/2015 Dubai, UAE
4 5 25.2m AED £3,500,000 01/02/2007 Abu Dhabi, UAE
5 7 16.8m AED £3,000,000 20/02/2010 Abu Dhabi, UAE
6 7 13.4m AED £2,958,057 19/11/2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE
7 9 15.4m AED £2,153,846 10/05/2008 Abu Dhabi, UAE
8 2 10m AED £2,061,850 18/11/2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE
9 9 10m AED £1,720,000 01/09/2010 Abu Dhabi, UAE
10 28 18.1m HKD £1,616,000.00 02/02/2016 Hong Kong
11 7 11.4m AED £1,583,333 16/02/2008 Abu Dhabi, UAE
12 18 16.5m HKD £1,513,372 23/02/2008 Hong Kong
13 NSW 4 2.4m AUD £1,500,000 28/08/2017 New South Wales, Australia
14 11 6.1m AED £1,346,578 19/11/2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE
15 V 13m HKD £1,341,589 12/02/2017 Hong Kong
16 12 8.9m AED £1,240,000 2010 Abu Dhabi, UAE
17 99 6.5m AED £1,107,325 06/06/2009 Abu Dhabi, UAE
18 11 8m AED £1,098,901 12/05/2007 Abu Dhabi, UAE
19 10 4.5m AED £993,377 19/11/2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE
20 22 4.65m AED £967,741 19/11/2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE
21 66 4.4m AED £946,236 19/11/2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE
22 55 6.5m AED £892,857 12/05/2007 Abu Dhabi, UAE
23 9 13m HKD £832,258 01/06/1994 Hong Kong
24 45 5m AED £686,813 12/05/2007 Abu Dhabi, UAE
25 16 8.5m HKD £676,751 01/02/2011 Hong Kong
26 AA 10 3.1m AED £630,080 09/12/2017 Dubai
27 13 7.4m HKD £625,528 28/02/2010 Hong Kong
28 26 7m HKD £591,715 28/02/2010 Hong Kong
29 29 7m HKD £583,333 23/02/2008 Hong Kong
30 88 4.2m AED £576,923 12/05/2007 Abu Dhabi, UAE
31 19 3.5m AED £576,492 25/09/2010 Abu Dhabi, UAE
32 25 O £518,480 GBP £518,480 01/11/2014 UK
33 F 1 £440,625 £440,625 01/01/2008 UK
34 E 15 3.1m AED £434,782 17/03/2007 Dubai
35 NSW 29 745,000 AUD £428,160 22/05/2017 Australia
* Estimated value as of 2018

See also Most expensive UK number plates.

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