If you’ve ever bought or looked into buying a personalised number plate of your own, you’ll know that prices can vary from a few hundred pounds to the hundreds of thousands or more, begging the question… just how much are people prepared to pay to get the digits of their choice?

Here we’ve compiled the top 5 most expensive number plates to have ever been sold across the world,

“VIP 1”, £285,000, Roman Abramovich, UK, 2006

Fittingly, the registration “VIP 1” has already had its fair share of Very Important owners. Initially commissioned to be placed on the Popemobile for Pope John Paul II’s papal visit to Ireland, Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich snapped up this most modest of number plates in 2006.

“M 1”, £330,000, Mike McCoomb, UK, 2006

After making his fortune in 2000 by selling his Mobile Phone Store to BT Cellnet, Mike McCoomb bought this record-breaking, £330,000 number plate in 2006, reportedly for his son’s sixth birthday.

“F1”, £440,000, Afzal Khan, UK, 2008

Bradford entrepreneur Afzal Khan smashed Mike McCoombs previous record by buying “F1” for a huge £440,000, making it the most expensive number plate to ever be sold in Britain. The plate is attached to Mr Khan’s Mercedes SLR McLaren, and he says “I think it’s a good price to pay because it’s probably worth 10 times that”.

“5”, £3.5million, Talal Ali Mohammed Khoury, Abu Dhabi, 2007

Talal Ali Mohammed Khoury broke the world record for the most expensive plate ever bought when he paid over 25 million Dirhams (£3,500,000) for the single digit “5” in 2007. While in the area, Mr Khoury also splashed out over £800,000 for the number “55” at the same auction. When asked, he said the numbers held “absolutely no significance whatsoever” to him.

“1”, £7million, Saeed Abdul GhaffarKhouri, Abu Dhabi, 2008

Saeed Abdul GhafferKhouri demolished TalalKhoury’s previous record when he bought a number plate bearing the single digit “1” at an auction in Abu Dhabi. Mr Khouri, a member of a wealthy Abu Dhabi family, said: “I bought it because it’s the best number.” He wouldn’t say which of his vehicles he’d be putting the number plate on.

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