The lone copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s secret new album has been sold for millions to Martin Shkreli, the pharmacist who increased the price on the important AIDS-related drug called Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Upon becoming aware of the purchaser, the Wu-Tang Clan took it upon themselves to donate a significant portion of the proceeds to charity. The purchase was done for several million dollars (the amount is undisclosed to the public, but estimated to be about $2 million) and the sale was done anonymously. The album is titled Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and it is presented in a hand-crafted silver-and-nickel box that was created by British-Moroccan artist Yahya.
The whole process was, at the time, done anonymously for unknown reasons. Shkreli decided to keep his identity anonymous just because he was worried that the group try to take it back from him after learning it was him, thinking his name would stigmatize the project. The finalization of this deal is equivalent to seeing your childhood superhero lose his prized possession to the super villain, just from an adult’s perspective.
Upon purchase, it was agreed that the content can not be released to the public for the next 88 years by either party. It can only be released to the public under the condition that the content is released at no charge. Shkreli has decided not to release it and keep it to himself. He stated in an interview with Bloomberg that he has not even taken the time to listen to the carefully crafted project. He plans on only listening under special circumstances, using it as incentive for a date from Taylor Swift.
Donald Trump made comments about Shkreli being bratty. The BBC wrote that he is possibly the “most hated man in America.” A true nemesis to society is rising to power, all thanks to the root of all evil: money.