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PHOTOS: 1960s Batmobile sells for $4.2 million, short of predicted sale price

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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.

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

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:

  • The vehicle was built from a nonfunctioning 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura concept car that cost $250,000
  • Car customizer George Barris bought the concept car for $1 and had three weeks and $15,000 to turn it into the Batmobile, which included adding a Ford Galaxy chassis
  • The oil slick sprayers on the car were made from lawn sprinklers
  • The “jet engine” on the car is actually a 5-gallon paint can
  • The car was originally painted a dull gray with white stripes, but when they first shot the car coming out of the Batcave with Adam West, Barris felt the vehicle didn’t pop — so he says he went back and repainted it with 40 coats of super gloss black paint and orange stripes
  • The Bat-parachutes on the back to slow the vehicle actually worked
  • George Barris got a ticket driving the Batmobile
  • There were six cars used during the shooting of the TV show and the movie, including two tour cars, a stunt car, a crash car and a “hero” car used for close shots

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

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