Much mystery has surrounded who the owner of Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon A Time in Shaolin might be. The cream for any collectors of their albums, only one copy of the record was made - and sold for millions. Now, it looks album was bought by none other than controversial AIDs drug profiteer, Martin Shkreli - using his epic net worth to bag the rarity.
Shkreli met great controversy and worldwide anger when his company obtained the manufacturing license for AIDS drug Daraprim, before raising its price by 5,455% - from $13.50 to $750 per tablet. Ouch.
Turing Pharmaceuticals' Shkreli was also an investor in No Devotion and Thursday's Geoff Rickly's Collect Records - who have since severed ties with the businessman.
If you want to hear the album, you'll have to wait until 2103. Now, meddling in the music world again, it looks like he's the lucky owner of the much-sought-after Wu-Tang record. Taking to Twitter to confirm the news, he said:
If there is a curious gap in your favorite artist's discography, well, now you know why.— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) December 9, 2015
Bloomberg Business also wrote of the acquisition:
"Shkreli heard about Once Upon a Time in Shaolin and thought it would be nice to own, too," a source claims. "He attended a private listening session at the Standard Hotel hosted by Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes. Shkreli, who describes himself as a bit of a recluse, recalls Gilkes telling him that if he bought the record, he would have the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities and rappers who would want to hear it. 'Then I really became convinced that I should be the buyer,' Shkreli says. (Paddle8 declined to comment, citing their policy of client confidentiality.) He also got to have lunch with RZA. “We didn’t have a ton in common,” Shkreli says. “I can’t say I got to know him that well, but I obviously like him.”
Speaking of his concers about Wu-Tang's reaction, he said: "I was a little worried that they were going to walk out of the deal. But by then we’d closed. The whole kind of thing since then has been just kind of ‘Well, do we want to announce it’s him? Do we not want to announce it’s him?’ I think they were trying to cover their butts a little bit."
Most annoyingly, it is reported that Shkrelli 'hasn’t listened to Once Upon a Time in Shaolin yet', adding that 'he’s saving that for a time when he’s feeling low and needs something to lift his spirits'.
“I could be convinced to listen to it earlier if Taylor Swift wants to hear it or something like that,” said Shkreli. “But for now, I think I’m going to kind of save it for a rainy day.”
Well, Merry Christmas to him, we guess.