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40 things you never knew about the Batmobile as the original goes up for auction (photo slideshow)



The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in "Batman Begins" is part of a centerpiece of an exhibit at L.A. Live's Event Deck.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Batmobile from the original television series. It will be auctioned off soon.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Batmobile from the Tim Burton Batman movies.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Batmobile driven by Val Kilmer in his chapter of the Batman franchise.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Batmobile driven by George Clooney in his chapter of the Batman franchise.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
An exhibit employee watches a press conference of owners and designers of Batmobiles over time
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Tumbler vehicle used in The Dark Knight Rises.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Batpod and Tumbler from The Dark Knight Trilogy.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Joker costume worn by Heath Ledger in Batman Begins.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The Catwoman suit from The Dark Knight Rises.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
Bane's costume from The Dark Knight Rises.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The costume for Harvey Dent/Two-Face from The Dark Night.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
The bat signal from the Dark Knight trilogy.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
A newspaper clipping used as a prop in The Dark Knight Rises.
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George Barris (left) built the first Batmobile from a Ford Futura body with $15,000 in two weeks.
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George Barris' son wears a custom jacket.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
Some of the owners and creators of the Batmobiles on display.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
Masks worn by Joker's henchmen in Batman Begins.
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The Batman suit worn by Christian Bale in
A Catwoman sculpture made entirely of Legos stands at the entrance to an exhibit at LA Live's Event Deck.
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With the original 1966 Batmobile going up for auction, we spoke with the creators of the Batmobiles used in every one of the Batman movies to get the secrets you never knew about each of these vehicles. All five are on display from Friday, Nov. 30 until Friday, Dec. 14 at L.A. Live. (You can see all the Batmobiles, plus the Bat-Pod, costumes, props and more in the photo gallery above.)

Batman TV series/1966 movie Batmobile (driven by Adam West)

The original 1960s TV Batmobile is being put up for auction on Jan. 19. The auction house won’t say how much it hopes to get for the car, but creator George Barris says that if Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from “The Seven Year Itch” could sell for $5.6 million, the Batmobile should sell for even more.

Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) Batmobile (driven by Michael Keaton)

Batman Forever (1995) Batmobile (driven by Val Kilmer)

Batman & Robin (1997) Batmobile (driven by George Clooney)

Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Tumbler (driven by Christian Bale)

All of the Batmobiles, plus the Bat-Pod motorcycle, costumes, props, models and production art from the modern Batman trilogy are going to be on display at the Dark Knight Legend Exhibit at the L.A. Live Event Deck from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., for free.

The exhibit also includes Batman art from the DC Comics art exhibit “Darkness and Light.” You can also find out more about the Batmobiles in a documentary feature on the new “The Dark Knight Rises” DVD/Blu-Ray, which comes out Dec. 4.

Correction: A caption on this story earlier misstated which film the Batman costume in that photo was seen in.