"Da Man" Releases Official Images of the Wu-Tang Clan ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ Album
The U.S. government has released new images of Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
In 2015 the album was initially sold to pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli for $2 million. In 2018, Shkreli was convicted of securities fraud, he was then ordered to hand over $7.36 million in assets. According to reports,the album was included in the assets that were seized by US marshals.
In July 2021 the Justice Department announced an anonymous buyer had been found. The sale price was not released at the time, but according to The New York Times attorney Peter Scoolidge, a representative of the crypto collective PleasrDAO, said the buyers paid the US $4 million. The new buyers are able to display the album in its original box featuring the group’s embedded logo. No copies of the album are to be made. The buyers must abide by the same terms Shkreli previously agreed to in his purchase agreement.
The new images of the rare album that have been released show that it is cased inside of a nickel silver box stored in a cedarwood box and covered in black cow leather with light beige velvet lining. Additionally, it includes a 175-page leather-bound lyric book. Images of the two CDs, titles of the 20 songs, and the lyric book have been redacted by the government. The images and bill of sale were obtained through a Freedom of Information lawsuit.
Take a look at the images of Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin here.