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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Batmobile Sells for $4.2 Million

The Real Batmobile at Auction
The Original 1966 Batmobile sold at auction in Phoenix for $4.2 million-- auction estimates of $200,000 were off by only $4 million.  This was the real Batmobile, the screen used one.  There was only one made that was actually used on film.  Designer George Barris made others for use in promotional tours, drag races and as stunt cars but this was the only one actually driven by Adam West in his Batman suit during the run of the series.

West says goodbye
The car remained in the possession of designer Barris, who opted to sell it for undisclosed reasons.  I laughed when an online commenter remarked how if this car went for $4.2M imagine what a "really" cool car like KITT from Knight Rider would go for-- yes pretty much a stock Trans Am with a Battlestar Galactica Cylon eyeball would certainly be worth a lot of money-- at least to someone like Dwight Schrute.

This was the REAL Batmobile- a car with style.

You can have the clunky Keaton mobile from the Burton movies, or even the military style tumbler from the Nolan films-- this car was sleek-- yes not practical in the rain-- the lack of windshield wipers or a roof make it difficult.

But this is still THE movie car as far as I'm concerned, although the James Bond Astin Martin from GOLDFINGER went for $4.6M last year.

Still, it's the Batmobile for me.