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Bravo, Batman! Batmobile fetches $4.62 million


Hollywood car creator George Barris arrives in the TV Batmobile for the Friars of Beverly Hills celebrity fundraiser dinner gala presenting their Life Achievement Award to Barris at the Friars of Beverly Hills on June 17, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.


David Livingston

Batman's still got it. 

The original Batmobile from the 1960s television show fetched $4.62 million at the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday night.

The one-of-a-kind, 19-feet-long 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car with a bubble top was designed by Los Angeles-based car customizing legend George Barris, the Associated Press reported

It also features one-of-a-kind add-ons like a Batphone — naturally — as well as an oil squirter, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Barris, the car's owner, said he was "pleased" with the sale. 

But who is the lucky (crazy?) buyer, you ask? 

That would be Rick Champagne, a logistics company executive from the Phoenix area, the Los Angeles Times reported

He told interviewers that he'd his eye on the Batmobile “ever since I was a kid. I had a toy model of it,” but that the inspiration for the purchase came from his female companion, the LA Times reported. 

He plans to keep the car in his living room. 

The Barrett-Jackson auction is considered the second-most important classic car auction series in the United States, after Pebble Beach's in August, Dietrich Hatlapa, founder and managing director of Historic Automobile Group International told Bloomberg Businessweek

The Batmobile wasn't the only big sale on Saturday: two Ferraris sold for more than $8 million each, and Lamborghinis, Porsches, Bugattis and Aston Martins were also up for bidding. 

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