Martin Shkreli (aka Pharma Bro) who became well known for raising the prices of life-saving medicines by 5,000% so he could make large sums of money off the life-threatening diseases of the sick, was arrested in August for defrauding his ultra-wealthy investors. Who knows? Maybe if the sick had more money, he would have been arrested a long time ago. As he awaits sentencing (Shkreli has publicly stated he does not believe he will actually end up going to prison), Martin has been killing some time selling this and that on eBay: a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair, a USB drive with the infamous "deleted emails" from the 2016 election, and, most notably, the one and only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan's album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
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.
Shkreli purchased the album for $2 million in 2015 with the stipulation that he could not play it commercially for 88 years, though he is allowed to play it at parties and social gatherings. His ownership of the album has not been without various hardships, however: a New York artist sued Shkreli with the claim the album artwork was taken, used, and sold without her permission. Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah has also publicly feuded with Shkreli, calling him a "fake-a** super-villain."
What's more, Shkreli's motivations for selling the album are somewhat unclear. Perhaps, following his conviction, he is a bit short on cash and needs the financial boost. Perhaps he's simply looking to spit in the face of the world that pretty universally detests him. The latter theory is certainly backed up by Shkreli's claim that he might, at any moment, simply decide to break the album out of spite. Though he faces 20 years in prison (years he still does not believe he will serve), Shkreli has one last revelation to make before he gives his album away: