Breaking Bad is one of the most popular TV shows of all time, garnering huge critical acclaim and a dazzling array of awards nominations. A recent sale on screenbid auctioned off many of the most important props from the show, ranging from Walt’s briefs to cars driven by the various characters.
Let’s take a look at five of the biggest selling lots (Warning! Contains spoilers!)
5. Walt’s Cadillac - $19,750
This 1977 Cadillac Selan De Ville featured in “Felina”, the final episode of Breaking Bad, and was sold to Walt by the arms dealer Lawson.
It plays an important role in the series, despite its relative lack of screen time, making it a highly desirable piece of memorabilia for fans (although it was presumably sold minus the boot mounted machine gun).
It achieved $19,750 in the sale.
4. Tuco’s grill - $20,250
Tuco Salamanca was among the first villains to fall to Walt - Image: Screenbid
Tuco Salamanca was one of the first villains to incur the wrath of Heisenberg. An unpredictable psychopath he is ultimately shot and killed by Walt’s brother in law Hank Schrader – who is later presented with the grill as a trophy.
As is the case with the majority of the seemingly unconnected events in the show, this proves to have terrible consequences later on as the ire of the cartel falls upon Hank.
The grill made $20,250 in the auction.
3. Pink teddy bear - $23,250
The bear features as a motif throughout the show - Image: Screenbid
This teddy bear is among the most instantly recognisable props in the show, appearing as a recurring motif in a number of the foreshadowing sequences in season two.
One of the bear’s eyes will reappear throughout the series, with creator Vince Gilligan telling the AV Club in an interview: “I’m not sure what it means to me completely but I’m always interested in hearing what it means to viewers of the show.
“I guess if you’re going to hold my feet to the fire, what it means to me is the eye of God on Walt. If not necessarily judging him, nonetheless watching him, keeping tabs on him.”
The bear sold for an impressive $23,250.
2. Hector Salamanca’s bell - $26,750
Hector Salamanca was a member of the Juarez Cartel - Image: Screenbid
Wheelchair bound Hector Salamanca is Tuco’s uncle and a high-ranking member of the Juarez Cartel. He is unable to speak and communicates by means of a bell, which will be rigged to an explosive device in the fourth series.
It made $26,750 in the sale.
1. Leaves of Grass - $65,000
The book features in one of the show’s most important sequences - Image: Screenbid
Undoubtedly one of the most important props in the show, this copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was presented by Gale Boetticher to Walt shortly before his murder.
The book is at the centre of one of the most maddening cliff-hangers of all time, as Hank flicks the book in Walt’s home and realises who his brother in law really is – right before the series took a four month hiatus.
It hammered for an impressive $60,000.
10. Gold cuff - $1,500
This gold cuff was worn by Lady Gaga on the set of her music video for Judas (2012). It’s plated with 24k gold and features in the scene where she rides a motorbike.
It made $1,500 at Premiere Props in California in June 2013.
9. Signed baseball - $1,792
The ball was kissed and signed by the star - Image: Julien’s Auctions
Lady Gaga signed and kissed this baseball outside the Chateau Marmont in June 2011. It features lipstick prints and a strong signature in blue ink.
The ball was later sold at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills in 2011 where it made $1,792.
8. Signed Rolling Stone magazine - $2,176
This signed copy of Rolling Stone made $2,176 at Julien’s in 2009 - Image: Julien’s Auctions
This signed copy of Rolling Stone magazine features a nude photograph of the singer surrounded by bubbles. It was autographed by her in 2009 and sold for $2,176 at Julien’s Auctions in 2009.
7. Nuobushi Araki Polaroids - $7,782
These Polaroids were taken by Japanese artist Nuobushi Araki - Image: Phillips
These four colour Polaroid prints were taken by Japanese contemporary artist Nuobushi Araki and are signed in ink by him in the margin.
They achieved £3,800 ($7,782) as a single lot when they sold at Phillips London in 2009.
6. Machine gun - $7,860
The gun was used in the video to Born This Way - Image: Julien’s Auctions
This machine gun was featured in the video to Born This Way (2011) and retains the residue from the birthing scene. It made $7,860 at Julien’s Auctions in 2011.
5. Pieter Henket’s Fame cover art - $14,000
Pieter Henket created the cover art for 2011’s Fame - Image: MTV RE:DEFINE
Artist Pieter Henket created the iconic cover art for Fame (2011) and created this unique reverse mounted lambda print on plexiglass as a concept piece.
It made $14,000 at MTV’s RE:DEFINE charity auction in 2011.
4. Ecstasy gown - $20,000
This gown was designed by Eddie Gavriilidis - Image: Julien’s Auctions
This gold python leather and nude mesh gown was created by Greek designer Eddie Gavriilidis and was worn by the singer when she visited the 103.7 KAT radio station in Omaha.
It made $20,000 at Julien’s Auctions in 2012.
3. Structured dress - $31,250
The dress was designed by Irina Shaposhnikova - Image: Julien’s Auctions
Gaga wore this dress for a photoshoot for Madame Figaro magazine in 2010. It comprises a blue metallic organza dress with an armature worn beneath that projects geometric forms.
It was designed by Russian born fashion designer Irina Shaposhnikova and sold for $31,250 at Julien’s Auctions in 2011.
2. Signed Steinway piano - $42,500
The Steinway piano was signed by Lady Gaga while she performed her sound check at a gala in New York in May 2011. The following month it was auctioned off at a Charitybuzz sale, where it made $42,500.
1. Teacup - $75,300
The teacup was auctioned for charity - Image: Wikimedia Commons
This teacup features lipstick prints from the star along with the inscription “We Pray for Japan”. It was auctioned to aid the relief effort in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami.
It proved enormously popular, with 1,300 individual bids registered, finally selling for an impressive $75,300.
The Good Companion
Not just the title of the painting, though appropriate - the Imperial Good Companion* was a real typewriter.
(*Also a good name for a court functionary like “The King’s Hand”…)
As always with these old portable machines, used much more for personal stuff than business communications, I wonder what was written on them…
Original Superman Comic art
Marilyn by Don Ornitz in 1951.
R.I.P. Shirley Temple. She was 85 but forever the little girl that stole the hearts of many.
Virtual art series. By Amber Maitrejean
Image in the PD
Following the recent $100,000 bid(which was subsequently withdrawn) of a rare NES World Championship cartridge, 3 more rare Nintendo World Championship carts have surfaced online. This rare gold NWC cart is now at $100,088.00 on EBay. Bidders are warned to be wary of these NWC cartridges-as they could be more examples of ‘shill bidding.’ Only time will tell.