A list of ten of the most famous props, costumes and cars from the world of Batman ever sold!
From the original camp classic television show to Tim Burton’s gothic reinvention and the gritty modern day vision of Christopher Nolan, Batman has gone through some changes over the years. Here we take a look at some of the most iconic props, costumes and cars from the series ever sold at auction.
10) Shakespeare bust
One of the most famous props from the television series, this Shakespeare bust features a hidden switch which provided entry to the Batcave. The only existing version from the 1960s show, this bust sold at Guernsey’s in March 2008 for $40,000. (Image: Guernsey’s)
9) Evil penguin
Batman Returns was Tim Burton’s increasingly surreal sequel to Batman, and featured the memorable sight of Danny DeVito leading an army of penguins to destroy Gotham. One of the sinister life-sized robotic King Penguin puppets, created by special effects legend Stan Winston, sold at Profiles in History in 2008 for $10,000.
8) Mr Freeze costume
He may be one of the most ridiculous Batman screen villains of all time (and that list includes Lord Marmaduke Ffogg), but Arnold Swarzenegger’s Mr Freeze is also one of the most quotable. Nobody else says “Ice to see you” like Arnie. His ultra high-tech screen-worn suit sold at Profiles in History in 2009 for $60,000. (Image: Profiles in History)
7) Bane’s mask
Tom Hardy’s Bane mask in The Dark Knight Rises has become one of the film series’ most iconic props, maybe because it makes anyone who wears it sound like a drunk Sean Connery impersonating a posh cat. This example, originally given away as a prize to mark the film’s DVD release, sold at a Premier Props auction in 2013 for $10,500. (Image: Premier Props)
6) Catwoman outfit
There have been numerous memorable performances as Catwoman, from Julie Newmar to Anne Hathaway (deliberately forgetting Halle Berry). One of the most iconic screen versions is played by Michelle Pfieffer in Batman Returns, and her skin-tight vinyl cat-suit sold at Profiles in History in 2012 for $25,000. (Image: Profiles in History)
5) Burt Ward’s Robin costume
Burt Ward’s performance as Robin has become legendary for his endless list of quotable lines (genuine examples include “Holy astringent plum-like fruit!” and “Holy priceless collection of Etruscan snoods!”) and his costume, which easily out-camped Adam West. The original screen-worn outfit from the show sold at Heritage in 2005 for $23,900. (Image: Heritage Auctions)
4) Adam West’s Batman costume
The 1960s Batman show divides opinion between fans. Many hate it for reducing the character to camp slapstick, whilst others love for exactly the same reason. No-one, however, can argue that Adam West’s performance isn’t memorable, and he remains the definitive Batman for many fans who grew up with the show. His original screen-worn costume sold at Heritage in 2005 for $35,850. (Image: Heritage Auctions)
3) Michael Keaton’s Batman Returns suit
In 1987, Tim Burton’s Batman reinterpreted the character for a new generation of viewers. He gave the series a darker feel complete with Gothic undertones, but without losing too much of the cartoon violence, and reinvented the superhero movie genre at the same time. The suit worn by Michael Keaton in the even stranger ‘Batman Returns’ sold at Profiles in History in 2008 for $90,000.
2) 1989 movie Batmobile
A far cry from the original bubble-domed Batmobile of the 60s, this modern version – one of five produced for Tim Burton’s 1989 film – featured sleek Art-Deco styling. Created by designer Anton Furst and built on the chassis of a Chevy Impala, this screen-used Batmobile sold at Bonhams in February 1996 for $189,500. (Image: Bonhams)
1) Original 1960s Batmobile
The original Batmobile created for the 1960s TV show was a unique 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. It was bought for just $1 and then given a $15,000 customization by George Barris, who also built vehicles for The Munsters and The Beverly Hillbillies. In 2013, the car sold for the first time at auction for $4.6 million. (Image: Barrett-Jackson)
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