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Pharma bro felon Martin Shkreli might lose his Wu-Tang album

He bought the only copy of the unreleased album in 2015 for $2 million

It was reportedly the most expensive single album ever sold in the world. And now, infamous businessman Martin Shkreli might be forced by the courts to give up his copy of Wu-Tang's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

Shkreli, known variously as a ‘supervillain’, ‘pharma bellend’ and ‘pharma bro’ thanks to the fact he once hiked the price of a critical AIDS drug by 5000 per cent, is currently awaiting sentencing after being convicted of fraud.

In August he was found guilty on three of eight charges, including convictions of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit both securities fraud and wire fraud.

Prosecutors claim that Shkreli should give up the album as part of his punishment for the $7.36 million he obtained. 

They also want his Enigma machine, Picasso painting and his copy of Lil Wayne’s never-released Tha Carter V

In a classic dick move, the first time the Wu-Tang album was heard by the general public was when Shkreli live-streamed it in full after the election of Donald Trump – whom he (kind of) endorsed.

Initially, Shkreli said he would not share the album at all.

After the sale Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah called him a “shit head” and a “fake-ass supervillain” with a “12 year-old’s body” in a 12-minute diss video. RZA also made a statement to say some of the profits from the sale of the album would go to charity.

On Friday Shkreli's attorney, Ben Brafman, said that “forfeiture of any assets is not an appropriate remedy" as Shkreli did not personally benefit from any of the counts of conviction.

Whether or not this is true remains to be seen, but either way, it seems a fitting turn of events for a man who made a name for himself through the arrogant entitlement of wealth.