K1 NGS – £250,000

Perhaps the perfect plate for Prince Harry, as he won’t get to wear the king’s bling himself. This plate was sold to Saudi royal in the 1990s for the best part of £250,000. An imperious plate demands a imperious car, so we’d fix this to a Bentley Mulsanne. The long wheelbase version, naturally. After all, you wouldn’t be driving yourself.

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FU 2 – £150,000

Buy this to turn your car into a two-wheeled two fingers. First owned, appropriately enough, by Soho porn baron Paul Raymond, it also spent time strapped to the front of a Mercedes S-Class owned by Hannah Smart, progeny of circus owner Billy. (Seems the family have a thing for blue plates – in the 1970s, her old man bought BS 1 for his purple Rolls Royce). For a Merc that matches the plate’s attitude, a Maybach beats an S-Class. Being in the back seat is the best FU to the little people.

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F 1 – £440,000

If almost half a million for a number plate seems steep, know that its owner, businessman Afzal Khan, turned down a £6m offer a few years late. Ideally, you’d attach it to an actual F1 car. But it seems a waste since they’re not road legal (and therefore don’t need a registration plate. Khan put his on a McLaren-Mercedes SLR which, while a lovely drive, misses the opportunity to attach F1 to a McLaren F1. Just think of the Instagram likes.

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VIP 1 – £285,000

If you feel the need to tell folks you’re a VIP then the chances are you’re probably not. Even if the price tag hints that you’re not just behind the velvet rope, but own the entire nightclub. Roman Abramovich is, allegedly, the owner in question. But it was first registered for Pope John Paul II, when he visited the UK in 1979. You could attach it to a stretch limo then cruise Mayfair. But you’ll still never beat the Popemobile for Very Important points.

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PEN 15 – £90,000

The DVLA has an office that is supposed to censor plates that spell out rude words. They were clearly on holiday when this slipped through the net. This plate last sat on a Smart FourTwo owned by regtransfers.co.uk. As they’ve stuck it on a car so small, we can only imagine that the guy who made that call has no worries at all in that department. We’d keep it on the Smart. We wouldn’t want anyone to think we were making up for something.

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1 D – £350,000

The band may be gone, but the number plate lives on. The number plate was last sold in 2009, the year before Simon Cowell conjured the fivesome into being – a prescient investment if ever there was one. It’s ideal home is the front of the remaining lads’ tour bus. Maybe that kind of swagger will bring Zayn back.

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