The first Batmobile custom-built for the the 1960s campy Batman TV series and its 1966 theatrical film spin off has sold at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $4.2 million. Not bad for a car that originally cost $30,000 to create. The car was purchased by Phoenix-area businessman and car collector Rick Champagne.
The iconic car was created by custom car creator George Barris after being approached by television producer William Dozier for a television series he was developing for ABC based on the popular comic book character. Building on top of an one-off 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, Barris completed the car under the tight deadline of just 15 days. He also retained ownership of the vehicle, leasing it back to Dozier and his Greenway Productions company for the run of the series and the film.
Even before Barris converted the Futura into the Batmobile, it appeared in the 1959 Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford film It Started With A Kiss.