Everyone’s favorite hip-hop troll and convicted fraudster Martin Shkreli appears to be selling his super-rare Wu-Tang Clan album on eBay. “The most hated man in America” originally purchased the sole copy of Wu-Tang’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin for $2 million in December 2015.
eBay user ‘martishkrel_7’ listed the CD copy of the album on September 5, with the auction starting at $74,500 and bidding currently at $95,100. Shkreli says he’s selling the album after the “scorn” he endured from Wu-Tang’s “(least-intelligent) members” and the general public, and plans to donate half of the sale’s proceeds to “medical research.”
Read Shkreli’s statement in full below, and place a bid if you can afford it.
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.
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