Martin Shkreli, also known as Pharma Bro, has decided to take to eBay to shift his one-of-a-kind and only copy in existence of Wu-Tang Clan’s latest album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
Following Shkreli’s time in the media following his decision to raise the price of a life-saving drug by a couple of hundred dollars, he also found his way into the news by purchasing the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Of course people weren’t happy, even Wu-Tang’s own RZA commented on the situation (though he didn’t exactly have anything bad to say, it was Shkreli who decided to start throwing insults).
There was hope that Wu-Tang could get the album back in their possession, but it did require an elaborate heist being put together featuring Bill Murray.
Now, it looks like anyone with a big enough bank account can grab their own copy of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin as Shkreli has taken to eBay to sell the album, which at time of writing is sitting at a pretty $999,400.00. What’s interesting, and the least bit surprising, is that there are no limitations as to what Shkreli can do with the album, if he wanted to, he could release it for free… But of course he’s not.
In the description, Shkreli writes:
“I decided to purchase this album as a gift to the Wu-Tang Clan for their tremendous musical output. Instead I received scorn from at least one of their (least-intelligent) members, and the world at large failed to see my purpose of putting a serious value behind music. I will be curious to see if the world values music nearly as much as I have. I have donated to many rock bands and rappers over the years to ensure they can continue to produce their art when few others would.”
Of course, once again, and the least bit surprising is that he seems to be holding the album at ransom adding that at any point he could cancel the listing and / or break the album if he wanted to. Because there’s nothing like having control over thousands of fans…
“At any time I may cancel this sale and I may even break this album in frustration. I will donate half of the sale proceeds to medical research. I am not selling to raise cash–my companies and I have record amounts of cash on hand. I hope someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear.”
The good news is that if the sale does go through, Shkreli plans to destroy any copies of the music he has and will pay legal expenses upto $25,000 to ensure that the final sale is mutually agreeable. Isn’t that nice.
If you think you’ve got a couple of million to spend, you can head to the eBay listing and slap money down yourself.