Black sheep of the Batmobiles at auction today

We hesitate to call any Batmobile undesirable for obvious reasons (It IS a Batmobile) but if there were to be one that fit the bill, this would be it. Used in 1995's "Batman Forever" (which we do not hesitate to call total crap) this Batmobile is being sold today at Auction America by RM's sale in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with an interesting stipulation.

When the winning bid is accepted and the Batmobile leaves the block later today, the sale is not final. According to the stipulation on Auctions America website:

"Please be advised that Warner Brothers' Consumer Products Division must approve the winning bidder of the 1995 Batman Forever Batmobile before the sale is considered final, and Warner Brothers reserves the right to refuse approval at their discretion. If a potential buyer is not approved, he or she may not take legal action against Auctions America, RM Auctions Inc. or the current owner."

While this statement could mean almost anything, according to Hemmings, when this Batmobile sold for $297,000 in 2007 Warner Brothers' approval process involved a pretty strict agreement. Among the terms of the 2007 contract dictated where the Batmobile could be displayed and what it could be used for. The madness didn't stop there. After paying six figures for the black sheep of Batmobiles you had to agree to only drive the car "when necessary for maintenance purposes" and "never while in public view." (View the whole 2007 auction agreement HERE)

Black sheep of the Batmobiles at auction today

Although the pre-sale estimate is listed at $200,000 - $275,000 for the Batmobile today, it was listed at $600,000 - $800,000 when it sold for less than half the low estimate in 2007. Not surprising considering for that sum you are effectively storing the car under Warner Brothers' watch. If we had the finances, we'd much rather spend it on Howard Hughes' 1957 Imperial Convertible also selling today.

[Auctions America]