Martin Shkreli, the man who hiked up the price of AIDS drugs so that people could barely afford them while he made a tidy profit, has decided to put a unique Wu-Tang Clan album up for sale on eBay.
In case you missed the news, Shkreli decided to drop major dollars on the one-of-a-kind album which the legendary hip-hop crew made as a statement to imitate how art was sold during the renaissance. The album, ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ cost Shkreli $2 million, but he has now decided to sell it on eBay. Here’s what he said on the listing:
“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.
While we’re not totally down with the whole idea of the unique Wu-Tang album in the first place (we’re not really sure why would you even do that other than to turn some serious profit?), it seems that Shkreli has sunk to another pitiful low. As if trying to make himself sound like some sort of music-industry philanthropist will make people forget how he has stiffed AIDs victims for his own profit? In fact, if he was really sucha good-hearted guy with such deep pockets, surely, he would put ALL of the money up for medical research or some other good cause? Instead he comes off like some sort of spoilt brat.
Like the unique Wu album itself, we’re just not buying it…
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