'Bristol' number plate sells for more than £20k at auction

BR15TOL registration plate Image copyright DVLA
Image caption The BR15TOL plate was described by the DVLA as the "closest correlation" to the city's name

A proud Bristolian has paid more than £20,000 for a registration plate in close correlation to the city's name.

The man, who wants to remain anonymous, paid nearly 30 times the reserve price at an auction in Gloucestershire.

The plate - BR15TOL - was one of 1,600 registrations up for auction.

A DVLA spokesman said: "I don't believe anyone can argue it's as close to the city's name as you're going to get and perfect for any proud Bristolian."

The number plate had a reserve price of just £700.

But with "every phone booked" for the lot, the DVLA said bidding opened at £7,000 and it was quickly sold for £20,168 - including VAT and fees.

The sum falls short of the highest-fetching registration of all time "25 O", which sold for £518,000 at a special 25th anniversary auction in November 2014.

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