The original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000 according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000 according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
This October 2012 file photo provided by Barrett-Jackson/George Barris shows the original Batmobile in Los Angeles. Batman
This October 2012 file photo provided by Barrett-Jackson/George Barris shows the original Batmobile in Los Angeles. Batman's original ride, from the 1960s TV series, has sold at auction for $4.2 million on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy Barrett-Jackson/George Barris, File)
The original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, announced the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TRANSPORT BUSINESS SOCIETY)
The original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, announced the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TRANSPORT BUSINESS SOCIETY)
A wheel of the original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, announced the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS)
A wheel of the original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, announced the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS)
The interior of the original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The interior of the original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The exterior of the original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The exterior of the original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
Shelli Mart, dressed in a costume, poses next to the original Batmobile during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000 according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
Shelli Mart, dressed in a costume, poses next to the original Batmobile during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000 according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000 according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The original Batmobile is displayed during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000 according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
Tony Wood drives the original Batmobile at the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
Tony Wood drives the original Batmobile at the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
People surround the original Batmobile during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
People surround the original Batmobile during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The original Batmobile is displayed on stage during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
The original Batmobile is displayed on stage during the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona January 19, 2013. The vehicle was sold for $4,200,000, according to the auction company. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS TRANSPORT)

LOS ANGELES: The Batmobile, the futuristic car used in the “Batman” television show, has been sold at auction for $4.62 million, US media reported Monday.

The crime-fighting vehicle was built by George Barris, who bought a 1955 Lincoln Futura at a junk yard for just $1 and transformed it into one of the most recognizable vehicles in entertainment history, the ABC television network said. It was used on the “Batman” television show from 1966 to 1968.

The ABC said the sale took place at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Saturday. The buyer has not been formally identified, but the Hollywood Reporter newspaper said it was Rick Champagne, owner of a Tempe, Arizona-based logistics company.

Updated Jan 21, 2013 11:49am

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