Cesar Romero's Joker Costume Sells for Far More than Expected at Auction

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Cesar Romero's iconic pink-and-green Joker outfit from the 1966 Batman series has sold for nearly ten times its expected amount.

In an online auction held by iCollector and Profiles in History, the bidding on the DC Comics supervillain's first live-action costume ended at $89,600. The starting bid for the 50-year-old costume was $8,000, with the item expected to sell for up to $12,000.

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The Joker costume sold as a four-piece ensemble with a lime green shirt, pink vest, pink-and-black striped dress pants and a black silk neck tie. Lethal toy buzzers and acidic boutonnieres were not included with the sale.

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Romero's Joker, the first-live action adaptation of the Clown Prince of Crime, debuted in the Season 1 episode "The Joker Is Wild" on January 26, 1966. A huge hit with TV audiences, the Joker became one of the most frequent villains for Adam West and Burt Ward's Dynamic Duo and appeared in 22 episodes across the ABC show's three seasons.

Additionally, Romero reprised his role as the Joker for 1966's feature-length Batman spinoff, which saw his character team up with Lee Meriwether's Catwoman, Burgess Meredith's Penguin and Frank Gorshin's Riddler to defeat Batman and Robin once and for all in their plot for global domination. Romero's performance remains a fan-favorite incarnation of the Joker from Batman's significantly campier Silver Age.

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