Video: Watch The TV Batmobile Sell For A Lot Of Money At Auction

The 60s model of the Batmobile has gone under the hammer for the first time since it was created.

The winning bidder was one Rick Champagne – so close to Rock Champagne and Rich Champagne, both of which are even better names for an auction winner, but alas.

If you don’t want me to spoil the final price for you, watch this video before reading on. It’s the auction, as it happened.

YouTube Preview Image

Sounds like the auctioneers were having one heck of a good time, and the audience seemed to be pretty buzzed up too. I’d image it were the buyer and seller getting the most emotional, though.

Complete with fees, Mr. Champagne paid $4.6 million, of which $4.2 million was the actual bid price, the rest being fees.

While a total of $4.6 million is an awful lot, it’s not a record breaker. This is the same sum paid for the Goldfinger Aston Martin in 2010, and I’m not sure I can think of another car that could come along and net more than this any time soon. One of the two Mustangs used in Bullitt, maybe?

The car had been in the keep of George Barris, the man who originally converted it from a basic Lincoln Futura. He explained his decision to sell:

I think it is the most valuable car in the world and the public really get a kick out of it when they see it.

I designed and built the Batmobile and I have shown it all around the world but now I think it is time that someone else can enjoy it.

It’s unlikely Champagne will be able to enjoy his car to the full – can you imagine what it would cost to get this car on the road?

JSTARS

Sweet Release! Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, J-Stars Victory Vs+, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend, Hyperdimension Neptunia

WarStories10-BattleDamage

This Week From Avatar Press: God Is Dead, Uber And War Stories

SCWARS2015007_Ross-300x460

Even Later Secret Wars Crossovers

Conan Red cover color logo copia

Ariel Olivetti Covers Red Sonja / Conan

A Comic Show - Secret Wars Stands On Guard!

Regular_Show_025_A_Main

Preview Regular Show's 25th Anniversary Issue This Week

LionForge-CARE_BEARS_Cov

After Nearly 25 Years, Care Bear Comics Are Coming Back!

daniel_profile

Countdown To The Eisners 2015 - Best Coloring

Get The Lowdown On Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide Expansion Gameplay

BC_34

From Strip To Script - Kyle Baker's Plasticman Featuring Superman