This... fuckin’.... guy!!!
I guess at this point you have to hand it to Martin Shkreli, who has attempted to troll the general public with a rare dedication, though when your face looks like his face, making people want to punch you is probably your unavoidable manifest destiny.
Today, Bloomberg Business reports that Shkreli—who you know as the man who hiked the price of a life-saving AIDS medication 5,000 percent, then reneged after public pressure, then said if he could do it all over again he would have charged even more—recently purchased Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the unheard Wu-Tang Clan album that only existed in one form, which was stored in a vault in a hotel in Morocco.
In announcing the album’s sale just a few days before Thanksgiving, Paddle8, the auction company which brokered the transaction, did not reveal Shkreli’s name, and RZA, the Wu-Tang producer and architect of the album, appeared to be under the impression that the buyer wanted to remain anonymous. But, in actuality, the buyer didn’t, because the buyer was Martin Shkreli.
Shkreli, Bloomberg says, has yet to listen to the album, which isn’t really surprising considering another detail revealed in the piece, which is that Shkreli also once purchased Kurt Cobain’s Visa card in another Paddle8 auction and sometimes whips it out when a check comes at dinner to momentarily drive his guests insane.
Martin Shkreli didn’t put up a purported $2 million to buy a Wu-Tang album nobody else can hear because he loves Wu-Tang, though Bloomberg does note that the man who ransoms the health of AIDS sufferers as a means of screwing insurance companies in order to maximize profit for his shareholders did remember liking one of the group’s songs as a child:
Shkreli was taken by the Wu-Tang song C.R.E.A.M., which stands for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.”