Holy Smokes, Batman! Original Batmobile Sells for $4.2 Million at Barrett Jackson
From the Barrett-Jackson Facebook page
The big news coming from Barrett-Jackson this weekend is the sale of the original Batmobile from the 1960s Batman television show for $4,200,000 (Autoblog assesses that after fees, the grand total comes to $4,260,000). The car is a heavily modified Lincoln Futura concept vehicle purchased by renowned designer George Barris and built in three weeks for Batman; Barris had famously purchased the Futura from Ford for the tidy sum of $1. The black body is accented by brilliant orange piping and a distinct twin bubble cockpit.
George Barris himself presided over the sale of his baby, joined onstage by a couple hundred people while the car was rolled out to a standing ovation. With the bidding starting at $100,000, the car blew past its $2.5 million reserve in 45 seconds. The crowd turned raucous as bidding exceeded $3 million, the din nearly drowning out the auctioneer as he struggled to keep order. As the total hit $4.2m, the two bidders agreed to flip a coin to decide who would win the auction in the interest of halting the increasingly expensive Batmobile.
Autoblog has the full video at their website, check it out here.