November 25, 2015


Someone Bought the Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Album

Jonathan Weiner
Jonathan Weiner

Remember Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the Wu-Tang Clan album that was recorded in secret and designed to be sold to a single entity for an astronomical price? Well, some wealthy super-fan has raised the W and purchased the only known copy of the album.

According to Forbes, a "private American collector" has bought Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for a price "in the millions." The sale was initially agreed-upon in May, and has been confirmed by the auction house Paddle8.

"The Wu-Tang Clan have always been driven by innovation, and this marks another moment in musical history,” says RZA in a statement. "From the beginning, we hoped that this concept would inspire debate and new ways of seeing creativity. Both of those goals have been achieved, and the ideas continue to evolve." The founding member added that Wu-Tang would be giving a significant portion of the Shaolin money to charity.

No word on when (and if) the public will ever hear Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which is now the most expensive single album ever sold. Wu-Tang Clan released a normal, for-the-people album, A Better Tomorrow, last year.