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Big numbers predicted when two rare number plates go under the hammer

This Taxi cost someone £92,000 Credit: Humbert Ellis Auctioneers

There's a chance to buy a little bit of automotive history later this month when two car number plates go under the hammer.

First up is the rare plate UK6 which was first put in circulation in 1910 only seven years after vehicles were first fitted with the identifying markers.

It has been in private ownership for more than 50 years but is now going under the gavel with an estimate of between £45,000-£50,000, according to Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers, of Northamptonshire.

Jonathan Humbert, from the auction house, said:

"The market in private and cherished number plates is very much on the up. Given our recent success with TAXI, recently sold for £92,000, we have high hopes for this quintessentially British number plate UK6, with both a United Kingdom attribution and a very low single number and such an early and historic plate too."

– Jonathan Humbert

For the more internationally-minded, the number plate 1RAN will be offered to the highest bidder, with an estimate of £50,000.

Both items will go up for sale on June 28.