Batpod - Batman's Amazing Motorcycle Rides To Auction

Holy motorcycles! The very same Batpod bike seen in the blockbuster Batman movies can be your ride to the next bike night or rally. What could be considered as the ultimate ride is roaring onto the auction block with bids starting on September 14th.

This will be the first time a Batpod vehicle from the action films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan, is to be made available at public auction. Its being organized by Prop Store, a company that sells original movie props and costumes and related memorabilia as well as regularly hosting live and online prop and costume auctions. Over 500 lots of original film and television props and costumes will be sold at auction in total, including other highlights such as Batman’s Batsuit and Bane’s costume.

Conceived by Christopher Nolan and the film’s production designer Nathan Crowley, Batman’s high-tech motorcycle was custom-designed and completely original for the productions. Those who remember the release of the ‘The Dark Knight’ may recall all the world talked about was Batman cool new ride. Film fans around the world admired the unique vehicle in both movies, with its uniquely memorable shape and massive oversized tires.

“I hesitate to call it a motorcycle because its design was much more exotic and powerful looking than a tradition motorcycle,” Christopher Nolan, the film’s director said in the special ‘The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy’.

'What do you mean you're auctioning off my ride?'

Not surprisingly, the Batpod is expected to be one of the most sought-after lots in Prop Store’s September 27th Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, held at London’s BFI IMAX proudly presented by ODEON.

The vehicles were largely driven by stunt rider Jean-Pierre Goy during filming, and were used for numerous events in the promotion of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The film’s production designer Nathan Crowley received Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations for his work on The Dark Knight.

The incredible Batpod is designed for a rider in a prone position who steers the vehicle with their arms and shoulders and features advanced design elements such as an exhaust system integrated within the framework. Fiberglass body panels are finished in metallic grey paint cover the bike’s engine and handlebars with a pair of cannon barrels made of plastic, resin and fiberglass are secured at the front of the vehicle, and a laser targeting unit is fitted above the right hand grip. A radiator and hydraulics are fitted behind the saddle, and the braking system is operated by controls on the left handle and the right pedal. Black foam padding is installed on the body, saddle and knee rests for comfort while riding.


It also features the following:

  • Custom-made chassis with 31’’ Hoosier racing tires
  • Honda 750 engine
  • Dimensions: 380 cm x 120 cm x 107 cm (149 ½ - x 47 ¼ x 42 ¼)
  • Warner Bros. Certificate of Authenticity

This vehicle is expected to be one of the highest selling lots, with an estimated sale price of between £60-80K or $80,000 – $107,000. Of course, buyers in the US would need to get their hard-won batpod from England to the U.S.

To give readers an idea of the size of this auction, the total collection of Film & TV memorabilia on the block worth in excess of $2 million.


A free-to-enter preview exhibition will be open ahead of the Prop Store auction at London’s BFI IMAX, proudly presented by ODEON, from 14 -27 September where the Batpod can be seen in person. Clutch and Chrome has it on good authority they aren’t offering demo rides.

As mentioned earlier, bidding starts online September 14th and the auction will be live-streamed online Tuesday 27 September from 12:00pm for fans to track the bidding on auction day.

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