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Holy Batmobile auction! Classic Batcar sells for $4.2m

The customised 1955 Lincoln Futura Batmobile from the hit 1960s TV show. Photo: Barrett-Jackson/George Barris

The iconic Batmobile from the 'Batman' TV show has been sold at auction to a mystery bidder for $4.2 million (£2.6 million).

The 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car was adapted by customiser George Barris to emit lasers, smoke screens and oil slicks - as well as boasting its very own "Batphone".

George Barris stands and gestures to the crowds from inside his iconic creation before it is sold at auction. Credit: Facebook/Barrett-Jackson

Car fanatic Barris bought the car from Ford for a nominal $1 in the 1960s, then spent $15,000 and 15 days transforming the vehicle for the show. It was used by Batman actor Adam West and his sidekick Robin, played by Burt Ward.

I think it is the most valuable car in the world and the public really get a kick out of it when they see it.

I designed and built the Batmobile and I have shown it all around the world but now I think it is time that someone else can enjoy it.

– George Barris

Crowds gathered yesterday to see the iconic car auctioned by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. While the auctioneers revealed the winning bid, the identity of the car's new owner was kept under wraps.

Crowds gather in Scottsdale, Arizona, as the original Batmobile is auctioned. Credit: @Barrett-Jackson