Batmobile sells for £2.7m at auction

56-year-old Batman enthusiast described getting his hands on the keys to the car from the original 1960s TV series as "a dream come true

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Batmobile sells for £2.7m at auction
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

The original Batmobile from the 1960s TV series has sold for an enormous $4.2m (£2.7m) at auction.

The car appeared in the American Batman series, starring Adam West and Burt Ward, which ran between 1966 and 1968.

Batman and Robin's vehicle of choice went on public sale for the first time on Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was quickly snapped up by avid fan Rick Champagne. The 56-year-old Batman fan called getting the keys to his very own Batmobile "a dream come true."

The adapted 1955 Lincoln Futura was sold by George Barris, who has owned the car ever since he transformed it for the 1960s show. Barris originally bought the car for $1 in 1966 before installing the Batman-worthy gadgets that appeared in the TV series. Barris said of the car: "With every pow, bang, wow, wee, I wanted the car to do something just like the actors. The car had to be a star on its own. And it became one."

The Batmobile's hefty price tag is on par with the Aston Martin DB5 which appeared in Goldfinger and Thunderball, making it one of the most expensive movie or TV props ever sold.

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