Scottsdale, AZ – The Batmobile can be yours for $5 million.
MSN reports that the Batmobile used in the Batman television series is up for auction in Arizona this weekend. A Lincoln Futura, created in 1955, the Batmobile has been on display at the North Hollywood shop where it was built since 1968, when the Adam West and Burt Ward Batman television series ended.
The car is equipped with bulletproof Plexiglas bubbles on top, and is perhaps the most iconic and memorable element from the 60s TV series.
The Batmobile may fetch $5 million at auction.
It is owned by George Barris, who also made the vehicles that were used in other popular TV shows of the era including The Munsters and Beverly Hillbillies. According to Barris, customizing the Lincoln Futura into the iconic Batmobile took 15 days and cost $15,000. I’d call that a good return of investment.
Some experts believe the Batmobile will sell for up to $5 million due to its uniqueness at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. CNBC describes the event as the “car-a-palooza of auto-collecting.”
Also on the auction block are a Mercedes once owned by silver screen star Clark Gable and the General Lee, the iconic car used by Bo and Luke Duke in the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, reports Yahoo.
Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson said that he expects the auction to surpass the company auction record of $108 million from 2007. He thinks that whoever shells out $5 million for the Batmobile will have ties to a museum or movie company tied to the Batman franchise rather than a private buyer.
“It looks like we have a good chance,” he said of selling the Batmobile for $5 million. “This is the real deal.”
Here’s a short video of the Batmobile on display. Do you think the Batmobile will fetch $5 million at auction?