The original Batmobile has sold for $4.2m (£2.65m) at auction in America.

The car, which was used in the Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward from 1966 to 1968, was bought by Rick Champagne who owns a logistics company in Arizona.

Speaking to Reuters he said: "I really liked Batman growing up and I came here with the intention of buying the car.

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West has toured the car since the Batman series was cancelled in 1968

"Sure enough, I was able to buy it. That was a dream come true."

It was previously owned by car-customiser, George Barris. He converted a 1955 Lincoln Futura into the Batmobile in just 15 days at a cost of f $15,000 (£9,400) in 1965.

It featured smoke screens, lasers and a powerful V-8 engine.

Barris said: "The car had to be a star on its own. And it became one," reports the BBC.

The 1960s show was famous for its camp and slapstick portrayal of Batman and his sidekick, Robin.

The modern Batman films, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, have a much darker twist on the caped crusader.

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The newer version of the Batmobile

They also feature a much more rugged version of the Batmobile.