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Number plates can be more than just a few characters assembled on a metal plate identifying a vehicle. They can be a way to add that extra special touch to your favorite automobile and set it apart from the crowd. Some of these more sought-after number plates don’t come cheap; in fact, some people are willing to spend in the six-figure range to get the plate of their choice whether it’s at an auction or through a private sale. Who and what are the most expensive? Let’s find out!
#8 – ‘55’ – $1.78 million
An unknown person was able to purchase the ‘55’ number plate for the auction price of $1.78 million. The plate would be best suited on one of the 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 Mercedes-Benz models.
#7 – ‘11’ – $2.19 million
An unknown businessperson purchased the ‘11’ plate for a cool $2.19 million, doubling the number that you’ll see later down our list.
#6 – Ali Al Falasi’s ‘12’ – $2.45 million
Ali Al Falasi picked up ‘12’ for the large sum of $2.45 million. Hopefully it’s being worn by a 12-cylinder vehicle.
#5 – ‘9’ – $4.19 million
An unnamed businessman from Abu Dhabi purchased ‘9’ in 2008 for a hefty $4.9 million.
#4 – Talal Ali Mohammad Khouri’s ‘7’ – $3.12 million
In 2008, stock broker and businessman, Talal Ali Mohammad Khouri purchased the ‘7’ plate for $3.12 million and installed it on his purple Rolls Royce.
#3 – Talal Khouri’s ‘5’ – $6.8 million
Talal Ali Mohammad Khouri jumped right back on the list after purchasing the ‘5’ number plate for an impressive $6.8 million. He plans on keeping the number plate until he passes away, at which point the plate will head back to auction and all of the proceeds will go to charity. What car did it go on? A red Rolls Royce.
#2 – Saeed Abdul Ghafour Khouri, ‘1’ – $14.3 million
Businessman, Saeed Abdul Ghafour Khouri, spent a whopping $14.3 million on what is possibly one of the most basic number plates in the world, but one that also makes the biggest statement. The lone ‘1’ was sold at the Emirates auction and is only expected to go up in value.
Back in 2008, Afzal Kahn of A Kahn Design purchased the ‘F1’ number plate for a “mere” £440,000 (+/- $716,980). Since then, the value for the iconic number plate has skyrocketed. In 2012, he turned down an offer over $8.14 million, and then in the summer of 2013, he turned down another offer of $9.3 million, and he isn’t looking to sell it anytime soon, unless there is an absolutely incredible offer. You can occasionally see the number plate on his Bugatti Veyron. Be sure to give him a follow on twitter, @afzalkahn.