buyers secured the 1 O and 1 HRH
distinctive car registration plates have been auctioned for
a total of more than £320,000.
The plate 1 O sold for
£210,242, the fourth highest price paid to the Driver and
Vehicle Licensing Agency.
This fell short of
expectations that it would beat the DVLA record of £254,000,
set in 2006 for 51 NGH (Singh).
The registration 1 HRH
fetched £113,815 on Thursday, as part of the DVLA auction of
1,600 plates at Whittlebury Hall hotel, Northamptonshire.
"The value of a number plate
is increased the fewer letters and digits it has because it
makes it rarer," said a DVLA spokesman.
He said that the 1 O plate
was "about as rare as it gets".
The agency set its highest
ever reserve price for the plate, of £10,000.
businessman who bought the regal-sounding 1 HRH said that he
had been "determined to keep it in British hands".
plate auctions have raised more than £1.3bn for the Treasury
since their introduction in 1989.
TOP 10 DVLA SELLERS
51 NGH =
1 RH = £247,000
K1 NGS =
1 O = £210,000
1 A = £200,000
1 OO = £197,000
6 B = £130,000
1 HRH =
S1 NGH =
1 RR = £106,000
The second highest price was
£247,000 paid last year by retired Surrey-based businessman
Rob Harverson for the 1 RH plate.
People can buy an individual
plate from DVLA Personalised Registrations at any time and
there are just over 30 million registrations currently
It also holds about six
auctions a year, which feature distinctive dateless, current
and older-style registrations.
Private sales of
personalised number plates have raised higher prices, with
the regisration F1 selling for more than £400,000 last year.