Nearly two years after being revealed as the buyer of the $2 million, one-off Wu-Tang Clan album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, Martin Shkreli has decided to sell it.
The infamous “Pharma Bro” listed the insanely rare album on eBay under the username, “martishkrel_7”. Why?
Shkreli said he’s decided to auction off the Wu album, due to the “scorn” he’s received from Wu-Tang’s “(least-intelligent) members” and the general public. When and if it sells, he says he plans to donate half of the sale’s proceeds to “medical research.”
As of press time, the current bid was at over $1 million. If you are interested, you can place a bid on eBay here.
You can also read Shkreli’s full description below:
This is the one and only Wu-Tang album.
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.
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.
Upon sale, I will represent & warranty any copies of the music I have will be destroyed. I have not carefully listened to the album, which is a double CD. There is also a finely crafted booklet which you can read about elsewhere. I will pay legal expenses for the buyer up to $25,000 to ensure the final purchase details are mutually agreeable.