'Breaking Bad': $1,000 Finale Tickets Selling on eBay
UPDATED: Organizers of the sold-out charity event tell THR eBay is "investigating" the listing. They say people who purchase scalped tickets will not be able to enter.
Some Breaking Bad fans are willing to pay big bucks to watch the series finale with the cast and creators of the AMC hit.
Star Aaron Paul is spearheading a screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which sold out about one minute after tickets went on sale Wednesday. Event organizer Cinespia says the tickets are non-transferable, but that hasn't stopped 36 people from bidding on a pair listed on eBay, with bidding currently sitting at just over $1,000.
Tickets originally sold for $45 each, with no one being able to purchase more than two in order to prevent scalping.
"Tickets are stated as non-transferable. Cinespia has stated that they will ID at the gate," reads the description in the eBay listing. "I do not believe they will ID everyone with a ticket in hand (which these will be). However, you are buying these with the possible risk of not being able to attend the event. No refunds will be given. Thank you for bidding."
A rep for Cinespia tells The Hollywood Reporter the listing has been reported to eBay, and that the company is "investigating" whether or not it should be removed.
"There will be higher scrutiny and higher security, too," John Wyatt of Cinespia says of the event. He reiterated that all ticket holders will be ID'ed at the gate.
"We feel bad that not everyone got to go, but there are only so many tickets," Wyatt says. "We know that a lot of fans did get tickets. We sold roughly 2,500 tickets. That's less than what we usually sell because we will have cast and crew there."
On Twitter Wednesday, the company also maintained those who purchase them will not be allowed into the screening.
"Anyone who buys this won't get into the show without a matching ID. Tickets are non-transferrable," the company tweeted in response to a Craigslist ad selling tickets. (That ad has since been removed.)
Proceeds from the screening will benefit anti-bullying organization The Kind Campaign, which was founded by Paul's wife, Lauren Parsekian. The screening takes place Sept. 29 and will show both the series premiere and series finale of Breaking Bad.
Bummed that you missed out on buying a ticket? There's still one way to get in. Paul is currently running a contest through Omaze.com, which gives donors to The Kind Campaign a chance to win tickets to the premiere. One lucky winner and a guest will ride in style to the screening in the famed Breaking Bad RV with Paul and co-star Bryan Cranston.
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