Sold! Batmobile goes for $143k

The Batmobile, a crowd favorite at the Cayman Motor Museum for the past five years, has a new owner after being sold at auction in the U.S. The famous vehicle, driven by the caped crusader in the 1960s television series, sold for US$143,000. 

It was one of 40 classic vehicles from the museum’s collection that went under the hammer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, netting around $3 million. A 1959 Ferrari Coupe, one of only 350 ever made, sold for US$715,000. It was one of four Ferraris that sold for a total of $1.4 million. 

The motor museum in West Bay houses the personal collection of businessman and former powerboat racer Andreas Ugland.  

Despite selling so many vehicles, he plans to keep the museum open and has brought in 10 new cars, including classic Ferraris and Bentleys from Europe. He has also added some of his racing boats to the collection on display at the museum. 

The Batmobile, purchased by Mr. Ugland in 2007, had been housed at his Cayman Islands museum since 2010. It was one of four vehicles built for the 1960s series, which starred Adam West as Batman. 

A replica of the Batcycle, which sat alongside the Batmobile in the exhibit at the tourist attraction, also sold at the auction for US$23,100. 

The Batmobile and Batcycle, previously displayed at the Cayman Motor Museum, have been sold at auction. – PHOTO: STEPHEN CLARKE