Batmobile Sells for $4.6 Million at Barrett-Jackson; Man Gets to Shout "First" for $1.1 Million

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The Batmobile
Saturday night was a typical Saturday night at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction -- the day the real money is tossed around.

For example, the gentleman who dropped $4.62 million -- four point six-two million American dollars -- for an original Batmobile, and the man who spent $1.1 million to be the owner of the very first 2014 Corvette.

See also:
-Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction: Some Awesome and Some Not-Awesome
-Slideshow: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale 2013

To be fair to the new Corvette owner, it was a charity auction, so that counts for something.

The Batmobile's the highest-priced car that was sold, and the man who turned that car into the Batmobile, George Barris, was in attendance as it was being auctioned off.

Photo by Matthew Hendley
The Batmobile.
According to information provided by Barrett-Jackson:

Still as beautiful as when it first came out of the paint shop, this 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car has been apart of the personal collection of George Barris since he first bought it from the Ford Motor Company for $1. After having a meeting with the producer of the TV Show, William Dozier, George was left with the challenge of 15 days and $15,000 budget. Before George knew it, the Lincoln Futura was underway to becoming what others will always remember to be the Original Batmobile.

There have been some reports that the Batmobile's new owner is a Phoenix-area guy.

More musings about Saturday's sales below:

  • What used to be Clark Gable's 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing sold for more than $2 million.

  • On the other hand, the 2007 Mercedes SLR McLaren sold for less than its sticker price. The car, which is one of only 125 produced, had an original price of $485,750, but this particular one sold for $440,000.

  • Last week, we joked about rich guys dropping six figures on a purple Barracuda. Turns out, we were a bit off on that -- the hot purple-Barracuda auction ended at more than $1.3 million.

  • We're about 99 percent sure that NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon was the one who ended up buying President George W. Bush's Ford F150 for $300,000 (it was a charity auction). Jay Leno auctioned off this car, and tried to guilt everyone into bidding more by questioning everyone's patriotism. It made for an awkward moment.

  • The Chrysler Diablo concept car, which was pretty awesome-looking, sold for $1,375,000.

You can find the price of each car by clicking here, then clicking on the lot number for any given car.

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We were there on Saturday night for the auction.  The entire room was packed and everyone rose to their feet as the bidding began.  The bidding rushed to $2m, krept up to $2.2m and stalled there for a while as the auctioneers tried to get the bidders to move forward.  Then all of a sudden it rushed up to $4m and then $4.2m.  As we heard it, there were two bidders and at $4.2m they flipped a coin to see who would take it.  The car went for $4.2m plus a $420k bidders premium for a total of $4.62m.  Because the car was bought by an Arizona resident for delivery in Arizona, I think that there is also sales tax of almost $370k for a total of close to $5m.  It was fun to watch, but definitely an alternative universe.  While my kids loved the auction the muscle cars and the memorabelia, I think that the Honey Bear BBQ pulled pork sliders followed by funnel cake was best in show for them.

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