Remember when the world’s favorite asshat (and former pharmaceutical executive) Martin Shkreli got his hands on an exclusive album of unreleased Wu Tang Clan songs worth $2 million?
Well, now, he is apparently selling that very album on eBay. The listing has received over 200 bids and has reached about $100,000, but it’s sure to go up from there.
His item description, seen below, reveals that he is selling it out of curiosity to see “if the world values music as much as [he] does,” but he may cancel the sale or “even break [the] album in frustration,” thanks to receiving scorn from one of the group’s ‘least-intelligent’ members. He also reveals that he has not carefully listened to the album, but he has “put it on ‘in the background’ when some friends were over. No one was paying attention.”
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 makes it clear that he is legally allowed to sell the album, as long as it isn’t commercialized for 86 more years. The buyer can, however, release the contents of the album for free.
The listing is available here for nine more days, so in the case that you have a few hundred thousand dollars to spare, you should get your bid in soon. If not, you can at least get quite a laugh out of it.