The ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ single album by Wu-Tang has finally been sold. Paddle8 auctioned the album to an anonymous buyer for an anonymous price. The reason the record matters is because the sale is surely above the $5 million mark that was offered for the album earlier this year. Basically a double-album produced by RZA and Tarik ‘Cilvaringz’ Azzougarh, this rendition of ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ offers unreleased music that was recorded by Wu-Tang members. The recordings span a period of six years. It was recorded in Marrakech, Morocco.
The beauty in the music is complemented by the wonderful packaging that it arrives in. The buyer now holds the album in a hand-carved nickel silver box that has been design by British-Moroccan artist Yahya. The lyrics are neatly inscribed in a leather-bound book that also contains the meanings behind each song. A gold leaf authenticity certificate also comes along with the record as well as a pair of PMC MB2-XBD speakers that alone cost $55,000.
RZA announced the album in 2014 and since, it has been a mystery to many. The owner will not be able to share the music for the next 98 years, thanks to a special copyright, which makes it even more tantalizing a tease. Wonder what the then owner of the record will do.
Update: It comes as a huge shock that the buyer of the million dollar record is Martin Shkreli of MSMB Capital Management. Touted to be ‘the most hated man in America’, Shkreli shot into the headlines when he increased the price of life saving drugs by an unprecedented margin. Word has it that he is continuing with the rampage, probably, while listening to the one-of-its-kind album.
[ Via : Hypebeast ]