Batman’s ride sells for $4.2 million at Barrett-Jackson Auction
At the Barrett-Jackson auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona, this weekend, the term “Shatterday” was once again an appropriate title for the second-to-last day of festivities when attendees tend to make the highest bids of the event. Records were broken left and right as a host of iconic cars were put up on the auction block, with sellers raking in millions while bidders emptied their bank accounts.
One of the highlights of the auction was the original Batmobile, which was sold for $4.2 million Saturday evening to a Phoenix, Arizona-based car collector.
George Barris, the original owner and designer of the first real-life Batmobile, was in the audience to witness the sale.
The car was based upon the cartoonish 1955 Lincoln Futura concept, which Barris purchased from Ford Motor Company in 1966 for only $1. The Futura was a ridiculous, unrealistic boat to begin with, making it perfect for the campy Batman TV series that it was featured on from 1966 to 1968, as well as in subsequent film adaptations and television specials. The car was famous for its twin-bubble windshield that gave it the profile of the head of a crocodile, as well as its long, sharp tail fins that went half the length of the rides body.
After 15 days and $15,000, Barris had created a 19-foot-long behemoth of a ride that would probably not pass inspection in any municipality but Gotham City.
Although the car was bought and reproduced by Barris at bargain basement prices, it was expected by officials to fetch anywhere between $500,000 to $1 million.
Rick Champagne, the man with the winning $4.2 million bid, told MotorAuthority that the woman he brought along with him encouraged him to spend so much for the collectors item.