January 21, 2013
Original Batmobile sold for £2.6m at auction
It's the first time Batman's iconic car has ever come up for sale
The original Batmobile used in the classic 1960s Batman TV series has been sold at auction.
Rick Champagne, a 56-year-old company owner from Arizona, paid a whopping $4.2m (£2.6m) for the car once driven by original Batman Adam West. He told reporters including the BBC his purchase was "a dream come true".
The 19ft black Batmobile is actually a customised version of a 1955 Lincoln Futura. After buying the car for just $1 (63p) in 1966, George Barris spent $15,000 (£9,455) turning it into Batman's souped-up ride. The Batmobile comes equipped with lasers, parachutes, an oil squirter made from lawn sprinklers and one of the first in-car phones. It also boasts a V-8 engine.
Until the auction, Barris retained ownership of the Batmobile and the iconic car toured the US over the years before being housed in a private showroom. Barris told reporters: "The car had to be a star on its own. And it became one."
The Batmobile's hefty price tag makes it the joint most expensive movie or TV vehicle. Back in 2010, the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball also sold for £2.6m at auction.
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