Original Batmobile sells for $4.62 million dollars at Barrett-Jackson
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
Holy dollar-signs, Batman! The original Batmobile from the live-action Batman television show in the '60s went across the auction block at the annual Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, AZ yesterday, and someone paid serious money for the one-off. In the end, $4.62 million dollars (before taxes and auction fees, of course) were needed to take the Batmobile home.
The car, based on the Lincoln Futura concept car and suitably 'Bat-ified' by legendary customizer George Barris, is completely original, and featured some crime-fighting features like a Bat phone, a Batcomputer, a Bat-turn system that uses functioning twin parachutes, and much more. Barris was reportedly on hand during the auction to help drum up even more interest in the sale.
Other big-buck sales at Barrett-Jackson included Clark Gable's 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe for $2,035,000; a 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport for $2,035,000; a 1934 Duesenberg J Murphy LWB Custom Beverly Sedan at $1,430,000; the 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible for $1,375,000 and a super-rare 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible at $1,320,000.
Would you pay nearly five-million dollars for a Batmobile? Or any other vehicle made famous by movies or television?