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Auctioneer Says Car Museum Induced It To Sell Phony Batmobile

ORLANDO (CN) - George Barris and Aqua Sun Investments induced an auctioneer to sell a "1966 Batmobile" a "Ghostbusters" car and a "Dragula" car to collectors, as "Hollywood Star Cars," knowing but not disclosing that the cars were fakes, the auctioneer, Kruse Inc. claims in Federal Court.

The defendants run the "Klassix Car Museum" in Daytona Beach. Kruse says that based on their misrepresentations, it sold the Batmobile for $189,500 and sold the others for unspecified sums. Facing litigation when it learned the truth, Kruse says, it refunded its clients' money. It wants the money back, and punitive damages. It is represented by Robert Austin Jr. of Leesburg, Fla. See complaint.

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