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 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.”
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