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When Wu-Tang Clan announced that they would only produce a single copy of their new LP and auction it off to the highest bidder, people predicted that it would go for millions. Now we know just how much The Wu – Once Upon A Time in Shaolin would cost you: $5 million dollars.
In a Billboard interview, RZA says that offers have come in at "$2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday", adding that "I've been getting a lot of emails: some from people I know, some from people I don't know, and they're also emailing other members of my organization." So far, $5 million is the highest bid. But who knows what could happen in the next few days?
You could buy more than 715,000 copies of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers off Amazon with that kind of cash. (Seriously, we counted.) For your money, you also get the album in a ludicrously engraved silver box handmade by British-Moroccan artist Yahya; it makes the chest from Raiders of the Lost Ark look tasteful.
Wu-Tang fans without a six or seven million in their bank accounts will still get to hear the album, though – the band are planning to exhibit the new album in museums and galleries and charge people to listen to it.
At least you don't need a spare million to watch old Wu-Tang videos on YouTube:
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