A Real Champagne Moment: Adam West's Batmobile Auctions At $4.6 Million21 January 2013
A Real Champagne Moment: Adam West's Batmobile Auctions At $4.6 Million
Even Bruce Wayne would’ve had a battle getting his hands on this at auction; the original Batmobile, produced for the 1960’s ABC Batman TV Series starring Adam West, has gone at auction for an eye-popping $4.6 million.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that the crowd in at the Barrett-Jackson home in Scottsdale, Arizona whooped and cheered with excitement as the price went up, whilst the auctioneer hummed the theme tune from the famous series until, eventually, the wonderfully named Rick Champagne made the winning bid on a car originally made for just $15,000 in just 15 days back in 1966. The bid means that the Batmobile ties the record for the highest selling movie or TV car at auction, with Sean Connery’s famous Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger also going for $4.6 million back in 2010. The Batmobile was constructed around a 1955 Ford Futura concept model and contains such handy Batman gadgets as a Batphone and an oil squirter made from lawn sprinklers. The real bonus though is that it's road legal, so Champagne’ll be able to take it for a spin around the block, and maybe fight some crime if he so fancies.
The winner was asked where he was going to store the car, to which he joked "in the living room. I'm going to tear down a wall and put in my living room."