There was a rumor circulating around the net on Monday that George Barris and his company Barris Kustoms is finally letting go of one of the most iconic cars of our times, the original, No1 1966 Batmobile built from a $250,000 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car.
We asked around and today, we received an official confirmation about the sale from a spokesperson at Barrett-Jackson, the Scottsdale, Arizona, auto-auction house.
“Yes, Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning off the Batmobile,” the spokesperson told CarScoop.
“The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is the most recognized and popular piece of entertainment history, worldwide, that has become an icon. This is the first time that the original Batmobile has been up for sale. Included with the Batmobile will be historical memorabilia and documentation from George’s personal archive,” reads the description of the car from Barrett-Jackson.
We don’t need to tell you that the No1 1966 Batmobile is the Holy Grail of Batfans, as well as automobile and movie/television memorabilia collectors.
In the past, we’ve seen several other Batmobile replicas used in the 1966 Batman television series and the homonymous movie starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin going under the hummer – for example, the No6 Batmobile fetched US$233,000 at a UK auction in 2007.
The original 1966 Batmobile, which has been in the hands of George Barris since its inception, however, will command a whole lot more money and we wouldn’t be surprised at all if it brings in a few million dollars during the Scottsdale Collector Car Auction that runs from January 13 to 20, 2013.