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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
The Batmobile from the original television series.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Batmobile creator George Barris expresses his excitement at the sale of the original car, Jan. 19, 2013.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
The crowd gathered at the auction of the Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
The Batmobile, up for auction, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
George Barris excited at the auction of the Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
George Barris with the Batmobile at the car's auction, Jan. 19, 2013.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Creator of the Batmobile, George Barris, poses with characters dressed in costume ahead of a ceremony for Adam West, who played Batman in the original TV series, for the unveiling of his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on April 5, 2012 in Hollywood.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Adam West, who played Batman in the original TV series, touches the Batmobile as a crowd gathers to watch as West receives his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on April 5, 2012 in Hollywood.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
George Barris (left) built the first Batmobile from a Ford Futura body with $15,000 in two weeks.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Some of the owners and creators of various Batmobiles.
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George Barris takes the passenger seat in the just-sold Batmobile, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Batman 1955 Lincoln Futura Batmobile: George Barris' crew reworked and restyled an old Ford concept car into the great Batmobile for the campy 1966-'68 TV series. Turbines to speed.
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The original 1960s “Batman” TV show Batmobile sold Saturday for a cool $4.2 million, the Associated Press reports.

The selling price was made public by the auction house, but the winning bidder is still being kept under wraps. No word on whether he has a young ward being raised as a sidekick.

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The car’s owner was auto customizer George Barris of Los Angeles. He created it by taking a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car and turning it into a crimefighting machine — or at least one that gets Batman to a crime scene.

Barris’ publicist says his client is pleased with the result of the auction, the AP reports — though it fell short of Barris’ prediction 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.

Some more facts about the original Batmobile:

Read more about the rest of the live action Batmobiles here.