25 November, 2015 - NME.com
Wu Tang Clan's mysterious one-of-a-kind double album 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin' has been sold, reports have confirmed.
Just one copy of the album exists, with stipulation that the music cannot be released by its buyer for public consumption for 88 years.
The album has been sold by online auction house Paddle8, with the buyer remaining anonymous. However, Forbes has confirmed that the buyer is a private American collector and that the sale was agreed in May, with the price "in the millions".
Wu-Tang Clan's RZA previously explained of the project: "When you buy a painting or a sculpture, you’re buying that piece rather than the right to replicate it."
"Owning a Picasso doesn’t mean you can sell prints or reproductions, but that you’re the sole owner of a unique original. And that’s what 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' is. It’s a unique original rather than a master copy of an album."
RZA previously divulged that the group had already received an offer of $5 million (£3 million) for 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin'. The 128-minute long double album, made up of 31 songs, was mainly produced by Wu-Tang collaborator Tarik "Cilvaringz' Azzougarh.
See an image of the boxed album below.
Fellow Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man recently branded the plan as "fucking stupid".
Speaking to NME in an interview, Raekwon agreed with Method Man and said that fans need to hear the album while the people who made it are still alive.
"Shit, 88 years is a long fucking time," Raekwon said. "That’s a long time for people to be able to hear it. That means we won’t be around. What the fuck do you want me to say? I don’t know what to say. I think at some point people do need to be able to hear it but you got to remember the concept of it was whatever it was, whoever buys it, it’s yours. You hang it up in your house and you do what you do."