Japanese-Made 1966 Batmobile Tin Toy Roars to World-Record $150,000 at Heritage
HOLY WIND-UP BATMOBILE! After a long, fierce bidding war, a Batmobile tin toy made in 1966 for the Japanese market roared out of Heritage Auctions for $150,000 to lead Heritage’s two-day Ultimate Batman Collection Signature® Auction. The ultra-rare wind-up with a painted plastic Batman at the wheel and the original box is now the most valuable Batman toy ever sold at auction.
Yonezawa, one of the most imaginative and successful Japanese tin toy makers of the 1950s and ‘60s, made the Batmobile, which, on August 4, raced past the previous auction record for a Bat-toy set in 2021. It was also far from the sole Japanese-made Bat-toy to shatter expectations during the sold-out Aug. 4-5 event, totaling $1,395,762.