January 21, 2013 in Nation/World

Batmobile fetches $4.2 million

Crimefighters’ car began as ’55 Futura
Associated Press

This October 2012 photo provided by Barrett-Jackson/George Barris shows the original Batmobile in Los Angeles. Batman’s original ride, from the 1960s TV series, sold for $4.2 million Saturday.
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LOS ANGELES – “Holy windfall, Batman!” The Batmobile just sold for $4.2 million.

The original 19-foot-long black, bubble-topped car used in the 1960s “Batman” TV show sold at auction Saturday.

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz., revealed the selling price but said the winning bidder has not been disclosed.

The car’s owner – auto customizer George Barris, of Los Angeles, transformed a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into the sleek crime-fighting machine. It boasted lasers and a “Batphone” and could lay down smoke screens and oil slicks.

The iconic car was used by Adam West, who starred as the Caped Crusader, and by Burt Ward, his sidekick, Robin, known for exclamations beginning with “Holy.”

Barris’ publicist said his client is pleased with the auction result.

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