Martin Shkreli Is Selling Wu-Tang Clan's 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' Album on eBay
Martin Shkreli has riled up Wu-Tang Clan fans since he purchased their one-off double album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin back in 2015 for $2 million. Throughout that period of time, he taunted the Clan and fans with snippets of the unreleased project despite being ordered not to play the album for 88 years.
Now, Shkreli seems to be washing his hands clean of the project and listed the highly-anticipated album on eBay on Tuesday night (Sept. 5), with bids starting at $1 and as of publishing, the auction has already collected over 150 bids. Shkreli revealed that the reasoning behind him auctioning off the album was due to the backlash he's received from a member of the Clan and the music world.
"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," he wrote in the description section of his eBay listing. "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."
Shkreli went on to say that despite listing the project on eBay, he may end up destroying the album "out of 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," he continued. "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 embattled former pharmaceutical exec previously teased a few songs off the Once Upon A Time project during a recent live stream following his conviction back in August. Clan member Ghostface Killah blasted Shkreli for his antics, calling him a "shithead" as the two exchanged words in a series of videos.
View Shkreli's eBay listing here.