Do you want to own the coolest, most spectacular motorcycle on your block, if not, in the entire world? A piece of movie memorabilia with a roaring engine is coming up for auction Sept. 27, 2016, at London's ODEON BFI IMAX theater thanks to Prop Store's one-of-a-kind listing. Anyone can bid on the Batpod, a unique motorcycle from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Trilogy." This true muscle vehicle could fetch millions of dollars if someone gets into a bidding war, but Prop Store actually has a more affordable final estimate for this mega-movie prop.
The estimated gavel price is between $80,000 to $106,000, with an opening bid of $40,000.
Fans can get an up-front and personal look at the Batpod starting September 14 and going for two weeks leading up to the auction. The motorcycle appears exactly as it did in "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises." It has super-wide, 31-inch tires and sleek controls. The driver steers the Batpod with his arms and shoulders while laying forward in the prone position. Once you climb on, your feet fit into stirrups near the rear tire. The Batpod comes with its guns and laser guidance system to aim them, and the nonfunctioning weapons are plastic, resin and fiberglass. Much of the body contains fiberglass panels, while the interior portions have foam for extra padding while you're in the saddle. The motorcycle's frame roars forward thanks to a Honda 750 engine. Warner Brothers supplied a certificate of authenticity with the item.
The Batpod features prominently in key scenes in "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises," the second and third movies in the trilogy. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) uses it to escape from the The Joker (Heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight after the villain disables the tumbler Batmobile. Later in the movie, Batman tries unsuccessfully to save Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) from The Joker's twisted plans. Batman also uses this beefed-up motorcycle to try to capture Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart). In the final movie of the trilogy, Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) rides the Batpod as she tries to save Gotham from the clutches of Bane in the movie's climactic sequence of events.
Production designer Nathan Crowley received BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for the artistic look and feel, the Batpod included, for these commercially successful films. The production team made six Batpods for the two movies, and now anyone has a chance to own this rare piece of Hollywood history.
The Batpod auction follows other major movie and television auctions where fans could view one-of-a-kind and rare items. Christie's sold $7.1 million of sets, costumes and props from "Star Trek" shows in 2006 as part of the phenomenon's 40th anniversary celebration. The large USS Enterprise-D sold for $500,000 on its own at this global auction. Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds auctioned off her fabled collection of movie memorabilia between 2012 and 2014. Her collection included the dress Marilyn Monroe wore in "The Seven-Year Itch" and Judy Garland's blue and white dress from "The Wizard of Oz" that sold for more than $1.1 million.
Clearly, there's a market for famous movie memorabilia, and movie buffs clamor for the unique items. Fans should get a peek at the Batpod up close in London before a private buyer snatches it up and locks it away.