The original Batmobile featured in Adam West’s 1960s superhero Tv show has sold for $4.6 million (£2.9 million) at auction.
The iconic black car, customised from a 1955 Lincoln Futura, was purchased by life-long Batman fan Rick Champagne at the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday (19Jan13).
Shortly after winning the auction, Champagne told Reuters, “I really liked Batman growing up and I came here with the intention of buying the car. Sure enough, I was able to buy it. That was a dream come true.”
The caped crusader’s two-seater, which featured futuristic gadgets such as lasers in the show, was purchased by car customiser George Barris in 1965.
He spent $15,000 (£9,375) transforming the vehicle in 15 days for the show, and has owned it ever since.
Bret Michaels is giving fans the chance to buy one of his vehicles after placing three cars from his personal collection on the auction block.
The Poison frontman will sell off the items at the prestigious Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona next month.
His 2004 Bentley Continental GT will be up for bids, as well as two cars formerly featured on his hit reality shows Rock of Loveand Life as I Know It – a 2004 Lincoln Navigator and a 2011 Ford Explorer.
The Every Rose Has Its Thorn hitmaker, who will also perform at the auction’s opening ceremony on January 15, is becoming quite a regular at the annual show – his 1969 Camaro sold for $220,000 at the event earlier this year.
President of Barret-Jackson, Steve Davis, says, “Bret Michaels is known to fans around the world as a rock star and a television celebrity. But what we’ve come to appreciate even more as we get to know Bret is the personal side of this rock ‘n’ roll icon. He is a devoted father, active philanthropist and a passionate automotive enthusiast. We are honored to have him with us again.”