1:14 pm - 01/20/2013

Batmobile sells for $4.62 million

The iconic Batmobile from the 1960s television show sold for $4.62 million at the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Saturday night sale thrilled famed car customizer George Barris, who first bought the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car for $1 from Ford. He then transformed it into the Batmobile in 15 days with a budget of $15,000, according to auction notes from Barrett-Jackson.

The car's buyer was Rick Champagne, a Phoenix-area logistics company executive. Asked by television interviewers what motivated him to pay such a princely sum, he pointed to the woman accompanying him and said: "Her."

He then explained that he'd had his eye on the Batmobile “ever since I was a kid. I had a toy model of it,” according to SPEED TV. Asked whether he'd keep the car in his garage, he said he'd put it in his living room.

Before the auction, Barris never said what price he would take for the midnight-black and fluorescent-red-pinstriped car that Adam West's Batman used to battle villains. The selling price, which includes a buyer's commission, was apparently more than enough and surprised many observers.

The heavily modified car, known around the world, was built at Barris Kustom Industries auto shop on Riverside Drive in North Hollywood. It has been on display there in a gallery since the television show ended in 1968.

coulson 20th-Jan-2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
Asked by television interviewers what motivated him to pay such a princely sum, he pointed to the woman accompanying him and said: "Her."

can't tell if this is sweet or ...
rhcp_csi 20th-Jan-2013 01:17 pm (UTC)
Sweet but quite nerdy.
xdecadentx 20th-Jan-2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
I watched the feature on the Batmobile that came on TDKR DVD and it made me want one.
wikkidraven 20th-Jan-2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
Dumping my boyfriend who has never bought me a batmobile
blue_birds 20th-Jan-2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
fingers4teef 20th-Jan-2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
some people have too much money jfc
gdithero 20th-Jan-2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
ugh who do I have to marry to get this ammt ca$hhhhhhhhhh
theantipoet 20th-Jan-2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
a little sad that it's going from being on display to the public to sitting in some guy's living room, but good for him.
haverchuck_bill 20th-Jan-2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
If I owned that, it would be the only car I drove.
cossard 20th-Jan-2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
lol if i spent almost 5 million dollars on a fucking novelty car it would sit in a security fortress for the rest of its life. would never ever ever ever drive it and i bet this guy isn't going to either
thetxbelle 20th-Jan-2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah my husband watches all these auctions of expensive cars, he said these are investments for all these old rich guys, they don't drive them.
haverchuck_bill 20th-Jan-2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
Where's the fun in that?
sharpietoday 20th-Jan-2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
I thought it will be sold much more than that.
rebeljean 20th-Jan-2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
My dad's seen that car in person. Years ago... He met Adam West too.
mistress_f 20th-Jan-2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
god if all of a sudden i became a multi-millionaire i would splurge all my money in shit like that. i've got so many obsessions i'd probably be broke in less than a year
stephaniebrown 20th-Jan-2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
i'm pretty shitty with money, so i'll be honest: if i was rich, this is exactly the kind of useless shit i would buy.
thetxbelle 20th-Jan-2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
We watched this auction yesterday, my Husband was so jealous. They also auctioned off one of Clark Gables cars but it didn't reach the auction price and was sold for 1.875 million instead...jealous of these rich bitches tbh.

Edited at 2013-01-20 04:18 pm (UTC)
prophecypro 20th-Jan-2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
I would have thought it would sell more actually
saintssin 20th-Jan-2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I've seen some variation of this car in NJ like a million times
lloydsgurl 20th-Jan-2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
my dad records every hour of the barrett jackson auction and watches it. allllll of it.

it is such a painful time.
mjspice 21st-Jan-2013 08:01 am (UTC)
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