Holy Smokes, Batman! Original Batmobile Sells for $4.2 Million at Barrett Jackson

Barrett Jackson Batmobile

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.


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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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