Original Batmobile Goes for $4.2 Million at Auction

The Batmobile

Never underestimate geeks — in particular, rich geeks — and their ability to spend as much money as humanly possible to satiate their geekiness.

Enter businessman and Bat enthusiast Rick Champagne, who paid the princely sum of $4.2 million for an original Batmobile created specifically for the 1960s “Batman” TV show starring Adam West. Champagne gladly paid the hefty fee at an Scottsdale, Arizona auction this week, and when asked why he plopped down so much for a car, the 56-year old said:

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 original Batmobile was created by Hollywood car customizer George Barris in just 15 days back in 1965. Barris was said to have built the Batmobile for $15,000, basing it on the 1955 Lincoln Futura.

The car that Champagne purchased contains all of Batman’s gadgets used for fighting crime, like a Batphone, oil squirter, and of course, what crimefighter could do without rear parachutes to aid in making hazardous sharp turns?

Curiously to see how it all went down? Here’s a video of the auction:

Via : Yahoo