Holy moneybags, Batman!
Yeah, you heard me…$4.62 MILLION dollars.
The very first Batmobile built for the 1966 Batman TV series (starring Adam West) was brought to a Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, by none other than the Batmobile designer himself (AND only owner), legend-wait for it-DARY Hollywood custom car designer George Barris.
Barrett-Jackson, known the world over for their collector car auctions (including Hitler’s Mercedes-Benz 770K), are no strangers to selling cars to folks with SERIOUS money to burn NOR did they have ANY problems getting the Batmobile auction off to a roaring start.
Auction starts at 1:16 (if you listen close, you can hear the auctioneer’s voice crack with childlike excitement)
After all was said and done, Rick Champagne of Phoenix, Arizona shelled out $4.62 million dollars for bragging rights and a piece of history. A business man and avid car collector, Champagne said that he grew up watching the ’66 series and like Batman, wasn’t leaving without “getting his man”. When the smoke cleared and Champagne emerged victorious, he joked that he’s gonna store his new prize “in the living room. I’m going to tear down a wall and put in my living room.”
Robin (Burt Ward), Batman (Adam West) and Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) plotting their next move…or figuring out where to eat, perhaps.
Constructed by Barris in 1966, the Batmobile began life as a 1955 Ford Futura concept model bought for the low, low price of $1. $15,000 and 15 days later, this completely street-legal car most Batman fans hold near and dear to their hearts was born, complete with Batphone and the famous oil squirter (made from lawn sprinklers). Although six Batmobiles were constructed for the series, Barris kept the very first one in his private collection because let’s be honest, you never forget your first love.
Hear about the history yourself as narrated by Batman himself, Adam West.
The Batmobile is not the most ever spent on a movie car but it rightfully shares the #1 position for the highest price fetched for a movie car at auction; the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery (aka James Bond) in Goldfinger set the standard when it sold for $4.6 million in 2010 and in 2011, the vintage racing car from Disney’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sold for $805,000.
1966 Batmobile designer George Barris happily throwing up a #1 after making a $4 million dollar profit on a $15,001 car.
Bought and built for $15,001 and sold for $4.62 million with only ONE previous owner…holy BALLS.
Now that I’m in a nostalgic mood, I leave you with what is one of the BEST TV openings ever made, 1966’s Batman!
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