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Holy high roller! Batmobile goes for $233,000


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London - A shopper with $233,000 to spare went away with a vehicle fit for a superhero when a Batmobile from the 1960s television series "Batman" was sold at auction late Tuesday.

The car was the sixth of an unspecified number built for the 120-episode ABC series based on the DC Comics hero, according to Coys auctioneers in London. Four or five bidders helped drive its price more than 50 percent above the upper estimate, said Chris Routledge, an auctioneer at Coys.

The car, which is almost 20 feet long, is black with scarlet lines to highlight its contours and winged chassis.

"It's a fantastically iconic piece of machinery - the Batman appeal spans more than 30 years," Anthony Godin, auction manager at Coys, said prior to the sale. "It's the Batmobile! Who wouldn't want to own it?"

Coys declined to identify the seller, a private collector. The winning bid came from a private museum based in the Cayman Islands, Routledge said late Tuesday.

The first Batmobile was built by George Barris at three weeks' notice after ABC decided in 1965 to serialize Batman, according to the catalogue. The television series ran from 1966 to 1968. Barris modified a Ford Lincoln Futura for the original.


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