First Batmobile sells for $4.6 million at auction

By Kristen Porricelli,

The first Batmobile out of six that were produced for the 1960s Batman television series was sold at auction for $4.6 million.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the auction took place at the Barrett-Jackson house in Scottsdale, Ariz. where the crowd whooped and cheered, and the auctioneer hummed the theme to the classic show.

The car, designed by legendary Hollywood car customizer George Barris, was constructed by Barris in just 15 days in 1966. It was built for $15,000 over a 1955 Ford Futura concept model, which was purchased for $1, and has been in Barris’s personal collection ever since.

The Batmobile not only has Batman gadgets like a Batphone and an oil squirter fashioned from lawn sprinklers but it is also road legal so the new owner can take it out for a drive if he wants.

That new owner is winning bidder Rick Champagne, who is a businessman and car collector from the Phoenix area. He has been attending Barrett-Jackson auctions for 15 years and said that he grew up watching the Batman television show.

When he was asked where he was going to store the Batmobile, Champagne joked, saying, "In the living room. I'm going to tear down a wall and put in my living room."

The Batmobile also ties the record for the highest price for which a movie car has been auctioned, set in 2010 by the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger that went for $4.6 million.

Two Ferrari sports cars were also sold at the auction for more than $8 million each, leading auctions that included Lamborghinis, Porsches, Bugattis and Aston Martins, reports Bloomberg.



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