You may remember hearing about Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the ultra-secret album by the Wu-Tang Clan that was only going to sell a single copy. Well, apparently someone actually bought it.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the iconic rap group were only making a single copy of their new album and planned to auction it off somewhere in the $5 million range. No one bought it. The price has come down, but reportedly still sold for a price “in the millions.” It comes with the stipulation that the buyer cannot sell or distribute it for 88-years.
The album is a 31-track double album and comes in a special silver and nickel gift box and a 174-page manuscript with lyrics, artwork, credits, and other album anecdotes. It allegedly took six years to make and will be Wu-Tang’s final album. Auction house Paddle8, who was responsible for selling the album, says that the buyer is American, but wouldn’t disclose their name, age, or the final price paid.
“When I think of who will come to own Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, I want them to recognize the historical value of what they’re collecting,” RZA wrote on the Paddle8 website.
“I’m not one for hoping as a rule, but I really hope its guardian is the kind of person who finds appreciation and value in every artistic expression,” RZA continued. “Because this work was made to be appreciated.”
So if you’re a fan of Wu-Tang, you only have to wait until the year 2103 to hear it. But let’s be serious for a second — these songs will probably be on your favorite torrent site by Christmas.