If you are around 50 years old like me, you too probably had a healthy fascination with the late-1960s Batman TV Series. You might also have been captivated by professional wrestling as a six or seven year old, but that’s a subject best left for another day.
In any event, adults with fond memories of their childhood days spent watching Batman and Robin on color TV when it first aired in 1966 to 1968 might be interested to know that the Batmobile just sold for over $4 million at auction on Saturday.
This CNN story that includes a pretty neat video has all the details.
The car had been the sole property of its creator, legendary car customizer George Barris. It was sold at collector car auction company Barrett Jackson’s annual auction near the company’s Scottsdale, Ariz., headquarters. The final price includes a 10% sales commission.
There had been some question as to whether the car would fetch a large sum. Craig Jackson, chief executive of the auction firm, said he expected the car to sell for millions.
Others pointed out, though, that many imitation Batmobiles had been built over the years, a good number of them virtually indistinguishable from the original. That raised the question of whether collectors would be willing to pay a huge sum for this Batmobile simply because it was the first.
Rick Champagne, who owns a logistics company in Tempe, Ariz., was very willing. He identified himself as the buyer in an interview with Speed TV immediately after the sale, and his name was confirmed by a representative for Barrett-Jackson.
He told Speed that the car would go in his living room.
I wonder if his wife knows that it’s going in the living room.