Original Batmobile goes for an eye-popping $4.62M at auction

A price only a playboy billionaire like Bruce Wayne could afford
Jan 21, 2013
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Barrett-Jackson, a popular auction house that specializes in automobiles, has sold the original Batmobile from the 1966 Batman TV show for $4.62 million (P187 million), making it "the highest-selling car at the company's annual Scottsdale Auction." The winning bidder, Rick Champagne, reportedly owns a logistics company in Arizona.

The Batmobile first started out as a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car built by Italian coachbuilder Ghia by hand. Sold to custom car designer George Barris for $1 by Ford a few years later, the Futura sat idly at his workshop until he was tapped by the TV show's producer, William Dozier, in 1966 to create a Batmobile in 15 days with a $15,000 budget.

Realizing that the Futura concept and its winged shape was the perfect vehicle to base Batman's crime-fighting car on--and with just 15 days to come up with a car from scratch--Barris redesigned it to create the Batmobile which children from the late 1960s to the early 1980s grew up with.

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Although Barris reportedly created four replica Batmobiles, the one that went under the gavel was the very first one he made for the TV show. As proof of the Barris-designed Batmobile's impact on pop culture, a few small-scale carmakers have come out of the woodwork selling full-scale working replicas of the real thing, with one company even stating that what they sell are "officially licensed" copies.

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