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Original 1960s Batmobile sells at auction for $4.2 million

Shelli Mart poses next to the original Batmobile during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, Saturday.
Shelli Mart poses next to the original Batmobile during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, Saturday.Joshua Lott / Reuters

The original Batmobile, custom made for the 1960s television show staring Adam West, sold at auction for $4.2 million on Saturday.

The red-trimmed vehicle, created and sold by 'King of Kustomizers' George Barris, went after a bidding war at a Scottsdale, Ariz., auction held by car collector auctioneers Barrett-Jackson.

A crowd gathered for the event at WestWorld of Scottsdale, which was touted as Barrett-Jackson's largest-ever auction.

Reuters reported that Rick Champagne, a Phoenix-area logistics company owner, came away with the black, futuristic two-seater.

"I really liked Batman growing up and I came here with the intention of buying the car," Champagne, 56, told Reuters in a brief interview moments after he bought the car. "Sure enough, I was able to buy it. That was a dream come true." 

The iconic 19-foot-long Batmobile was built from a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car that Barris customized in three weeks at a cost of $15,000, paid for by 20th Century Fox, which produced "Batman."

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The vehicle had been proudly displayed at Barris Kustom Industries in North Hollywood since the show ended.

"It will always be a Barris Batmobile and the main concern is that it really goes to the right owner that can share it with the world forever," said Goji Barris, George’s daughter, after the auction plan was announced.

The crime-fighting devices on the Batmobile -- lasers, smoke screens and oil slicks -- were the product of Barris' imagination.

In pictures posted on Barrett-Jackson's Facebook page, he appeared delighted with the sale, and Barris' publicist said his client was pleased with the auction result.

Reuters contributed to this report.