There are cars that go to auction that are expected to fetch astronomical numbers because they have a certain pedigree, or they are one of just a handful remaining. There are cars that are popular because they were owned by a Hollywood icon. Then, there are cars that ARE the icon. The original Batmobile is one of those cars.
Starting life as the Lincoln Futura concept car, this chassis was turned into one of the most significant cars in pop culture history by the King of Kustom, George Barris. There were other prop cars built for the show and there have been hundreds of replicas built, but this car is the original. One might go so far as to suggest that Adam West would not have enjoyed such popularity as he did as the Batman without such a cool ride.
Still owned by Barris for all of these years, the Batmobile finally went to auction on Saturday night in Scottsdale, Arizona. Barris is all about the flash, so it made sense that the Batmobile would be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson on live television.
The video below shows the bidding action as the car crosses the Barret-Jackson auction block. Bidding began at $100,000 USD and quickly jumped in $100,000 chunks. Barris has said that selling the Batmobile would be like losing a family member. That sentiment was witnessed during the auction as Barris’s grandson, Jared, had to put on sunglasses to hide the tears that were streaming down his face. Think about it, this guy grew up with the REAL Batmobile as his playground!
I’m not sure where it came from, but the number $6 million was stuck in my head as the final figure, but when the gavel fell, Rick Champagne had bid $4.2 Million for the car. While some consider this an outrageous sum, it actually fell short of my expectations. Champagne and his wife say that there is a special spot for the car in their living room.
I guess you could say the original Batmobile is the world’s most expensive coffee table!
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