The infamous Batsuit worn by George Clooney in the campy 1997 movie Batman & Robin could be yours. Heritage Auctions is selling the anatomically correct costume to the highest bidder. According to the description, the lucky winner will also get, “a life-size poseable mannequin with hyper-realistic George Clooney head with prosthetic grade false eyes.” Which may be even more haunting than the controversial nipples. In either case, probably best not to look directly at them. You can bid on the Batsuit through July 23, 2022. The auction’s opening bid is $40,000.
George Clooney wore the cowl and cape, which come from the Warner Bros. Archive. However, the description states that: “The body suit is a stunt suit and the ‘bat’ emblem and cape fasteners were created from originals to complete the display.”
Both Val Kilmer and George Clooney wore Batsuits with nipples during the Joel Schumacher era. There’s been plenty of criticism about the addition to the costume, and the movies in general, over the years. But through the lens of so many grim Batman stories in the 25 years since its release, Batman & Robin is often considered fun and colorful now in comparison. There’s undoubtedly plenty of bidders willing to drop money to own the Batsuit, distinct pointy nipples and all.
Thanks to DesignTAXI for bringing the auction to our attention. Heritage Auctions has a long history with iconic pop culture sales. Others have included props like a phaser rifle prop from Star Trek. As well as comic books like Captain America #1 and even a Marvel Comics #1. They also auctioned a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for $660,000. We can’t wait to see how big of a bidding war breaks out for this piece of Batman history.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She is going to watch Batman & Robin for the first time tonight! Melissa also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.