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Like a Batarang, the Original Batmobile Comes Up for Sale Again

Posted July 02, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Maybe he needed space for a new couch? After telling the world he planned to install the original Batmobile in his living room two years ago, Batman fan Rick Champagne has decided to put the car up for sale once again.

Champagne, founder of a logistics company based out of Phoenix, paid $4.62 million for the Batmobile in January 2013 at Barrett-Jackson's annual Scottsdale auction, buying it out of George Barris's personal collection. Barris - along with designer Herb Grasse and metalshaper Bill Cushenberry - transformed the former Lincoln Futura concept car into the Batmobile for the producers of the Batman television show and had already convinced Lincoln to sell the car to him for $1.

What will the Caped Crusader's car fetch this time?

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Re: Like a Batarang, the Original Batmobile Comes Up for Sale Again

07/09/2015 9:09 AM

without Batman, it is just a car. Just like the General Lee without the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia.

About flags: People have done all manner of evil crimes under the Stars and Stripes, or claiming to be the "real" Americans - mostly done to the Native Americans (not that Native Americans did not committ atrocities upon neighboring tribes during village raids).

Marking a flag as inappropriate for public display (or on anything else) makes about as much sense in terms of prevention, as letting the horses out of the barn after it is in cinders. You cannot stuff history back into the bottle. Let it be what it is, and "it" , being the Stars and Bars, really was never intended to be a symbol of depravity, hatred, or even of slavery. It was a rallying symbol for those who undertook to defend their home ground against the Aggression of the North, and to defend State's Rights. People had better get back to defending their personal rights, and State's Rights, or no one will have any rights whatsoever, and it will be the autocrats in Washington, District of Depravity controlling everything.

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