The US Government Wants To Take Possession Of Martin Shkreli’s $2 Million Wu-Tang Clan Album
It’s been a hell of a few years for Martin Shkreli, the human equivalent of one of those punching bag machines at a bar that makes even the least violent people in the world want to hit it as hard as they can with their fist. You’d have to pay an exorbitant amount of money for the honor in real life, but that shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise when you consider the pricing schemes that made him infamous in the first place as the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals.
Shrekli was one of the few people who was able to unite country during an incredibly divisive time thanks to his impressive ability to be a shitty person. Even the world’s most ardent atheist had to give at least a little bit of acknowledgment to the concept of karma when the Pharma Bro was sent to prison after he was convicted of defrauding investors.
While most people would opt to fade away from the public eye after earning the title of Most Hated Person In America, Shkreli embraced the label and did everything he could to antagonize people— including showing off his wealth as much as possible. One of his more notable flexes was buying the only copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin for $2 million— a purchase that really pissed off at least one of the potential jurors at his trial.
Last year, the long-lost son of the Sewer King from Hey Arnold! announced he was selling the album on eBay, and it appeared he’d lost $1 million after the final bid was placed. However, it was revealed that the sale was never finalized after the government took a closer look at his assets, and it appears the feds are going to try to get it into their hands.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the (possibly fake) album will be on the table when prosecutors go to court on Friday in an attempt to seize Shrkeli’s possessions as part of the ruling (he also owns a Picasso in addition to $5 million in a brokerage fund). There’s no telling what will happen if they manage to seize the album, but if they don’t end up releasing it to the public, we can always count on the Clan and Bill Murray to get it back for the people (and the children).