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Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 01/20/2013

BATMOBILE SELLS FOR RECORD PRICE: TV-show vehicle fetches $4.6-million at auction

AND HERE WE THOUGHT a million-dollar Batman book was a high price-tag.

Watch the media roll out the “Holy [fill in the situational blank], Batman!” headlines, folks and fanheads. Because over the weekend, TV’s original Batmobile sold at auction for $4.62-million (including commission), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

That ties the record auction price for a big-screen car, the THR reports; three years ago, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger” also fetched $4.6-million.


The original Batmobile sold at auction Saturday for a reported $4.62-million. (Barrett-Jackson - via AP)
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The tricked-out, gadget-packed car — reportedly the first of six Batmobiles created for the high-camp ‘60s ABC show — was built by George Barris, who “transformed a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car he bought for $1,” according to ABC.

The car reportedly had belonged to Barris ever since.

As THR describes the spirited scene from Saturday: “The crowd at the Barrett-Jackson house in Scottsdale, Ariz., whooped and cheered, and the auctioneer hummed the theme to the classic show as the price rose and the excitement grew.”

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And the winning bidder? THR identified him as Rick Champagne, a Tempe car collector who runs a logistics company.

And tell him just what he’s won, Barrett-Jackson!

The car auction house and ABC say that “the car comes equipped with a Batphone, Bat smoke and is capable of a 180-degree ‘bat-turn’ thanks to two rear-mounted parachutes.”

[RIP, JERRY ROBINSON: Pioneering Batman artist and comics ambassador dies at 89]


A picture of the original Batmobile is displayed on a screen during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. (JOSHUA LOTT - REUTERS)
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By  |  07:23 PM ET, 01/20/2013

Tags:  batmobile, batman, barrett-jackson, george barris, rick champagne

 
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