A Pair of Walter White’s Iconic Underwear Sold for Over 6 Times Its Expected Price to a Surprising Bidder

<p><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/breaking-bad/”><em>Breaking Bad</em></a> remains one of the most popular <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tv/”>TV</a> shows of all time, still making headlines years after its final season. One of the series’ most memorable props, <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/breaking-bad-walter-whites-infamous-tighty-whities-make-pilot-episode.html/”>Walter White’s underwear</a>, recently went up for auction. And it sold for over six times its expected price.</p>

<h2 id=”h-1-of-the-most-recognizable-breaking-bad-scenes-features-walter-white-in-his-tighty-whities”>1 of the most recognizable ‘Breaking Bad’ scenes features Walter White in his tighty-whities </h2>

<p>The critically acclaimed <em>Breaking Bad</em> premiered in 2008 and ran for five seasons until 2013. Created by Vince Gilligan, it follows Walter White (<a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/bryan-cranston-compared-fame-pregnancy.html/”>Bryan Cranston</a>), a high school chemistry teacher who beings cooking and selling methamphetamine to provide for his family after his cancer diagnosis.</p>

<p>The series garnered attention for its complex characters, gripping plot, and stunning cinematography. <em>Breaking Bad</em> won numerous awards, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, and became widely regarded as one of the greatest television dramas of all time.</p>

<p>Over its five-season run, the show featured several iconic symbols. But Walter White’s underwear is one of the most recognizable. </p>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>”He’s easily the most professional/immature person I’ve ever met in my entire life.” Aaron Paul (<a href=”https://twitter.com/aaronpaul_8?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@aaronpaul_8</a>) and Vince Gilligan reflect on <a href=”https://twitter.com/BryanCranston?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@BryanCranston</a>’s on-set demeanor and the hilarious story behind those tighty-whities in the <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BreakingBad?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BreakingBad</a> pilot <a href=”https://t.co/geqA6VKfHa”>https://t.co/geqA6VKfHa</a> <a href=”https://t.co/UOBL2VvY2J”>pic.twitter.com/UOBL2VvY2J</a></p>— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) <a href=”https://twitter.com/THR/status/1174454655780179969?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>September 18, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<p>In the pilot episode, Bryan Cranston’s character, Walter White, <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/breaking-bad-why-bryan-cranston-committed-to-tighty-whities-in-pilot-episode.html/”>famously wears tighty-whities</a> while driving an RV through the desert. Gilligan has noted that the underwear was meant to represent Walter’s vulnerability and emasculation. </p>

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<p>“[Bryan Cranston] said to me, ‘What kind of underpants would Walt wear?’” Gilligan recalled in an <em>Inside Breaking Bad</em> clip. “And I wanted to say, ‘Y’know, tighty-whities.’ And before I could, he said, ‘Well it should be like tighty-whities, right?’ Cause they’re stupider-looking. You look more vulnerable wearing them.”</p>

<p>Other iconic symbols from the show include the pink teddy bear, which had half its face melted off, and the Los Pollos Hermanos fast-food chain.</p>

<h2>Walter White’s underwear sells for 6 times its expected price</h2>

<p>Walter’s underwear became a popular item for <em>Breaking Bad</em> fans. And recently, a pair of his iconic briefs went up for auction.</p>

<p>The underwear was expected to sell for around $5,000. But the final bid came in at a whopping $32,000. </p>

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>A pair of <a href=”https://twitter.com/BryanCranston?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@BryanCranston</a>’s unworn tighty-whities from <a href=”https://twitter.com/BreakingBad?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@BreakingBad</a> went for $32,000 in an auction ? <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FallonTonight?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FallonTonight</a> <a href=”https://t.co/93Mc45rMDW”>pic.twitter.com/93Mc45rMDW</a></p>— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) <a href=”https://twitter.com/FallonTonight/status/1635852160419127298?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>March 15, 2023</a></blockquote><script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

<p>A company called SAXX Underwear bought the underwear. And on its Twitter page, the brand teased marketing plans for the prop. </p>

<p>“We simply could not let another man subject his nether regions to these,” <a href=”https://twitter.com/saxxunderwear/status/1630342011613237251?t=C4wm1-7RVqc4Qsa8_FosQA&s=19″>the company’s tweet</a> reads. “Stay tuned, gentlemen,” </p>

<h2>Other ‘Breaking Bad’ props auctioned off over the years</h2>

<p>Walter’s underwear is not the only <em>Breaking Bad</em> prop to sell for a high price. In fact, several other items from the show have sold for pretty significant sums.</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-full”><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1200″ height=”792″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/breaking-bad-props.jpg?strip=all&quality=95″ alt=”breaking bad props” class=”wp-image-3449856″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/breaking-bad-props.jpg 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/breaking-bad-props.jpg?w=150&h=99 150w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/breaking-bad-props.jpg?w=640&h=422 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/breaking-bad-props.jpg?w=768&h=507 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/breaking-bad-props.jpg?w=1024&h=676 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/breaking-bad-props.jpg?w=91&h=60 91w” sizes=”(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>US actor Bryan Cranston tries on a prop hat for his Walter White/Heisenberg character from the AMC television series “Breaking Bad” at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, November 10, 2015, during a memorabilia donation ceremony. | Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

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<p>In early 2023, the El Camino driven by Jesse Pinkman (<a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/what-is-aaron-paul-net-worth.html/”>Aaron Paul</a>) in 2019’s <em>El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie</em> sold to an undisclosed buyer for $23,650. </p>

<p>Walt’s favorite book, <em>Leaves of Grass</em> by Walt Whitman, sold at auction for $65,000. His famous red key fob was picked up for $8,400</p>

<p>Two versions of the iconic pink teddy bear seen on the show were purchased for $20,000 each. And the bell used by Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) bell went for a whopping $26,750.</p>

<p>Tuco’s (Raymond Cruz) grill was auctioned off for $20,250. <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/breaking-bad-is-jesse-pinkman-happy-vince-gilligan-thinks-so.html/”>Jesse Pinkman’s</a> Hello Kitty phone went for $4,600. And his iconic hazmat suit sold for $3,100.</p>

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