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.
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?