Batmobile commands big bucks at auto auction

January 24, 2013 12:00 AM

Bruce Wayne paid a lot of money for the Batmobile to be created. And just last week, a spectator at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, coughed up a hefty sum to bring the Batmobile into his or her possession. 

According to AOL Autos, the 19-foot, bubble-topped car, which served as the original Batmobile in the 1960s' "Batman" television show, sold for $4.2 million. The vehicle's owner had originally turned a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into the crime-fighting machine with several rounds of auto repair, outfitting the ride with lasers, oil slicks and a Batphone. George Barris, who is responsible for the revamp, purchased the automobile for just $1 in 1965 and then pumped more than $15,000 into the remodel. 

The car had been previously kept in a California showroom and had never been put on the market before, so how much avid superhero fans would be willing to pay for this piece of history was unknown, Time reports. 

If the $4.2 million price tag seems a bit much, you can always consider building your own version of the Batmobile. All it will take is some special additions - like the "Velvet Bat-Fuzz Black" exterior paint, the capability to produce smoke screens and some bat decals on the interior. 

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