Remember Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-one copy of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” album that apparently took the band six years to cut? Well, that hand-carved nickel silver box crafted my British-Moroccan sculptor Yahya, which contains the painstakingly created album, has been sold for “over $5 million” in an auction held by Paddle8. However, how much exactly is “over $5 million” and to whom it was sold to is unknown. For the uninitiated, The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” one-of-a-kind album is a 31-track double LP containing previously unreleased, new material.
Apart from the exquisite box, the album also comes accompanied with a lyrics album wrapped in leather, along with a gold-leafed certificate of authentic and a pair of PMC MB2-XBD speakers that reportedly cost a fraction of the album’s value, but at “over $55,000,” the speakers is by no means anywhere near cheap. Since there’s only one of such album in existence and only in hardcopy, the buyer can be sure no one else in the world have listened to them. Well, actually not true, cos’ the album did make the round at certain exhibitions where visitors got to listen to it.
Whatever the case is, whoever owns it now, can be sure that no other person will be listening to it from this point on and to keep it that way, the owner is prohibited, presumably by the terms of sale (auction), from sharing the music for another 88 years. So, until 2103 comes around, Wu-Tang Clan fans can only dream about it. If by then, there are still Wu-Tang Clan fans around, they will have to keep their fingers crossed that the owner, or whoever inherits it, is willing to release it to the masses. Hopefully, by then, turntables are still around to spin the tunes.