'Bad boy' pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli apparently paid $2 million for Wu-Tang Clan's new one-of-a-kind album

Two members of the Wu Tang-Clan
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Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a kind of Holy Grail of music — a basically unheard Wu-Tang Clan album of which only one copy exists in the world. Nobody other than the rap group's frontman, RZA, and his co-producer, Tarik "Cilvaringz" Azzougarh, have had the ability to listen to the album's 31 tracks all the way through — well, aside from the mystery owner of the album, who purchased Shaolin for a rumored $2 million.

Now, the mystery buyer has been revealed: Bloomberg reports that it was Turing Pharmaceuticals founder Martin Shkreli, 32, who shelled out the cash for Shaolin. Shkreli, who made headlines earlier this year for raising the price of the AIDS and cancer drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill, has been called a "spoiled brat" by Donald Trump, and was speculated to be the most "hated man in America" by BBC. He also loves music — in particular, Wu-Tang Clan. "I really became convinced that I should be the buyer," Shkreli told Bloomberg.

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