Wu-Tang Clan Sells One-of-a-Kind Album for Millions

RZA of Wu-Tang Clan performs on stage during the 2015 Riot Fest at Downsview Park on September 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada

Wu-Tang’s new album ain’t nothing to…mess with.

The 90’s rap group sold a sole copy of its new album, “Once Upon A Time in Shaolin,” for millions to an undisclosed buyer.

“We hope that the impact of this historical sale will echo through the ages and maybe remind us every now and then that music is a great art form that should be valued as such.” – Robert Fitzgerald Diggs aka RZA, Wu-Tang Clan founding member, said.

The online auction house did not reveal the amount the person bought the one-of-a-kind album but did say the “figure is in the millions,” according to the press release. The mysterious buyer is not allowed to “commercialize” the album for 88 years.

Photo credit: Paddle8
Photo credit: Paddle8

 

In 2013, the album was completed by the group’s surviving members and has been kept in a vault at the Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakech, Morocco since.

The auction house, Paddle8, collaborated with the group and MoMa in March to play a never-before-heard 13 minute snippet of the album.

The album’s sale beat out the auction’s highest sale record of a rare recording of Elvis’ first song that was sold to The White Stripes frontman Jack White for $306,000.

A hand-carved box holds the album and its accompanied by a 174-page leather-bound manuscripts printed on designer parchment.

The sale seems appropriate coming from a rap group that once said: “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.”

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