Original Batmobile Sells at Auction for $4.2 Million

The vehicle was designed by LA-based King of Kustomizers George Barris

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    The iconic car from the 1960s television show "Batman" was sold by customizer George Barris at a Barrett-Jackson auction on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Raw video from the auction.

    The original Batmobile, custom made for the 1960s television show staring Adam West, sold at auction for $4.2 million on Saturday.

    The red-trimmed vehicle, created and sold by King of Kustomizers George Barris, went after a bidding war at a Scottsdale, Ariz., auction held by car collector auctioneers Barrett-Jackson.

    A crowd gathered for the event at WestWorld of Scottsdale, which was touted as Barrett-Jackson's largest-ever auction.

    The winning bidder's name for Lot 5037 was not disclosed.

    The iconic 19-foot-long Batmobile was built from a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car that Barris customized in three weeks at a cost of $15,000, paid for by 20th Century Fox, which produced "Batman."

    The vehicle had been proudly displayed at Barris Kustom Industries in North Hollywood since the show ended.

    "It will always be a Barris Batmobile and the main concern is that it really goes to the right owner that can share it with the world forever," said Goji Barris, George’s daughter, after the auction plan was announced.

    The crime-fighting devices on the Batmobile -- lasers, smoke screens and oil slicks -- were the product of Barris' imagination.

    In pictures posted on Barrett-Jackson's Facebook page, he looked delighted with the sale, and Barris' publicist said his client was pleased with the auction result.
     

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