Going once? Original Batman and Robin costumes going to auction

Worn by actors Adam West and Burt Ward, both outfits together could fetch $200,000 when bids come in next month.

    New Jersey resident John Azarian is auctioning off one-quarter of his pop culture collection of 1,500 items [Henry Romero/Reuters]
    New Jersey resident John Azarian is auctioning off one-quarter of his pop culture collection of 1,500 items [Henry Romero/Reuters]

    A pair of Batman and Robin outfits, described as the only known complete costumes worn on the 1960s television show, is going up for auction in Los Angeles - and the owner is determined that his childhood comic book heroes stay together.

    The costumes, worn by actors Adam West and Burt Ward, are just two of more than 200 items of pop culture from five decades back being sold from the collection amassed by American John Azarian over 30 years.

    The Batman and Robin costumes, complete with capes, masks, boots, gloves and tights, are expected to fetch between $150,000 and $200,000 at the December 17 auction, Hollywood auctioneer Profiles in History said on Friday.

    Azarian said the two costumes from his favourite childhood TV show were being sold as a single lot.

    "I wouldn't want to break up the pair. They are the only complete and original pair in the world. There are other costumes but they are missing pieces or there are replica pieces. Mine are 100 percent authentic," Azarian said.

    He is also selling a working Batmobile Batphone (with a high estimate of $50,000) and the Shakespeare bust with a hidden switch that opened the entrance to the Batcave on Batman, which has an estimated price of $40,000 to $60,000.

    Other items include tunics worn by Leonard Nimoy's Mr Spock and William Shatner's Captain James T Kirk on Star Trek: The Original Series.

    Lynda Carter's superhero ensemble from the Wonder Woman 1970s TV series and the signature pink harem costume from I Dream of Jeannie  - estimated to sell for up to $55,000 - are also on the auction block.

    "I'm a child of the sixties. These are the shows that I grew up with, that I loved as a kid. I didn't collect for investment purposes," said Azarian, who lives in New Jersey.

    "Growing up, my favorite show was 'Batman.' My mother would plop me in front of the TV while she was making dinner and 'Batman' would come on," he recalled.

    The auction items represent about 25 percent of Azarian's pop culture collection of about 1,500 items.

    "I just feel it's time for me to move on and let somebody else enjoy them as much as I have for the last 30 years," he said.

    SOURCE: Reuters news agency