A regal registration plate - 1HRH - has sold for £113,815, but was not snapped up by Middle Eastern royalty as expected.
Auctioneers said that the plate, which was sold by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) at Whittlebury Hall hotel in Northamptonshire, was not bought by an Arab monarch.
The plate, which is perfect for a car fit for a king, was sold ahead of another registration - 1 0 - which has attracted a lot of attention and is also expected to sell for thousands of pounds.
The 1 0 plate will go under the hammer with an estimated selling price of around £100,000.
Jody Davies, auction manager at Scottish Motor Auctions Ltd, said: "I think the 1 0 registration will be in the top three most expensive registrations we've ever sold.
"The 00 series we've sold has been popular, but the 1 0 series is new."
She said the DVLA number plate auctions have raised £1.3 billion for the Treasury since sales began in 1989.
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