Holy bidding war, Batman!
The stylish and sexy Batmobile from the original Adam West "Batman" television series has fetched a high price at a recent auction that would make even Bruce Wayne himself do a spit-take.
The first of six original Batmobiles produced for the 1960s series has been sold at auction for $4.6 million. Reportedly the big sale drew cheers from the crowd as the auctioneer hummed the classic theme song as the price tag inflated. Early estimates for the sale were predicted to be in the millions, and the final bid was on the north end of the spectrum. This ties the record for the highest price for a movie/television car at auction, also held by the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in "Goldfinger."
Legendary Hollywood car customizer George Baris designed the classic superhero car, built in just 15 days in 1966. The car was constructed on the frame of a 1955 Ford Futura concept model, which was purchased for a mere $1. That's quite the profit margin. Barris has maintained the automobile in his collection for decades since the series drew to a close. Not only does it contain gadgets like the Batphone, but it's actually road legal and if actually driven in traffic is sure to cause a few accidents as passersby crane their necks to see if Batman is actually driving.
The winning bidder, Arizona businessman Rick Champagne, said he was determined to take the car home as a long time fan of the show. When asked where he will store this trophy to nerds everywhere, he joked, "in the living room. I'm going to tear down a wall and put in my living room."