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by Jay Traugott
Sought after by fans for decades, the owner and builder of the original 1966 Batmobile finally put it up for auction where it went for an astonishing $4.62 million.
It's 19-feet long and two guys wearing cheap spandex costumes drove it in the classic "Batman" live action TV series that ran from 1966-1968. If you haven't guessed by now, we're referring to the original Batmobile that was built by Hollywood custom car builder George Barris almost five decades ago. Many replica versions have been built and sold over the years but Barris still clung to the original despite many lucrative offers to buy it. But at age 88 he decided to put it up for auction at this year's Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Barris had been the car's sole owner for all these years but now it belongs to someone else after they paid a shocking $4,620,000. During the auction Barris was on stage as the bids came in for what used to be a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept. Way back when, Barris was given just three weeks by the TV studio to build the Batmobile. Within that time, he managed to fabricate those distinct bat-shaped body pieces and many other bits that made the car a cultural icon.