Number Plate Stories
Record auction plates sold by DVLA
The DVLA held its 100 th auction of personalised registrations on 20-22 April 2006, 17 years after the first such sale was conducted by Christie’s of South Kensington. This most recent sale took place at Stapleford Park, near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.
The auction is of considerable interest to independent personal plates dealers, and Regtransfers.co.uk is always amongst the most successful bidders. As well as being a source of new stock numbers, the auction provides a gauge by which the value of existing number plates may be reassessed.
The spectacular performance of some of the marks sold this time confirms beyond doubt the increasing acceptance and popularity of personal number plates. It also hints at the investment value purchasers recognise in the best personal marks.
Over the three-day auction over 1,100 numbers were sold, and a new record set for the highest price paid for a number at a DVLA auction.
Most of the really sought after registrations are amongst those already issued in previous years, and these are already owned by private individuals or independent dealers. However, the number 51 NGH (“Singh”) sold at this most recent DVLA auction for a total price of just under £254,000, which demonstrates that there are still at least a few fine plates yet to be released.
Other top performers in the sale included 1 OO, which was won for the all-in price of £197,127 and another very good “Singh” number, MR51 NGH. Which made £101,130. RU55 ELL was purchased by an Oxfordshire property developer for £78,393. The plate will go on his Rolls Royce.
The numbers which complete the top ten of the most expensive plates from this sale are: SSS 7 (£44,289), NAS 8 (£37,974), 786 A (£35,553), W4 DES (£33,553), SJP 1 (£32,921) and PAU 1L (26,858).
Some of these prices are surprisingly high, and really serve to emphasise how many real bargains are available from the independent specialists. Regtransfers.co.uk owns the largest privately held stock of top quality registrations in the UK, and operates a price promise policy. Those who can’t afford the prices listed above will find a huge choice of competitively priced personal plates in our online database.