It was absolute chaos when the original Batmobile took center stage at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ. We were there for the bidding war that set a new world record.
George Barris, creator of the Batmobile, took to the microphone and began to describe the features of the car like a twelve year old die hard batman fan. His enthusiasm must have worked, because within seconds the car shot past the million dollar mark. As the crowd began to cheer on the bidders the price then blazed by the two-million dollar threshold. By this time the crowd was almost uncontrollable. Everybody was crowding their way to the stage for a closer look at history. When the price walked its way through the three-million dollar barrier there was no stopping the energy and pandaemonium in the room. Craig Jackson, CEO of Barrett-Jackson, began to instruct the crowd to move back in order to see the bidder actually bidding. When the hammer came crashing down everybody was in disbelief when the final price was shouted through the microphone. $4.2 million! After all the fees and papers were signed, the final price was $4.62 million.