Earlier this month Wu-Tang Clan’s one-off album was auctioned for an eye-watering amount of money thought to be in the “millions” by an unnamed person thought to be Quentin Tarantino.
It’s been revealed today it was actually bought by someone a lot less cool: Martin Shkreli, the controversial CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals.
Martin Shkreli hit the headlines earlier this year for increasing the price of drugs used for treating cancer and aids from £10 to £500 overnight.
Clearly, the Wu aren’t too enamoured that their most prized album was sold to a modern-day Bond villain/scrooge.
In a statement emailed to Bloomberg Businessweek, RZA said, “The sale of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was agreed upon in May, well before Martin Skhreli’s [sic] business practices came to light. We decided to give a significant portion of the proceeds to charity.”
Shkreli has yet to listen the album (he’s probably too busy counting his money) and reckons he’ll probably leave it for a rainy day: “I could be convinced to listen to it earlier if Taylor Swift wants to hear it or something like that. But for now, I think I’m going to kind of save it for a rainy day.”