You may remember Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager universally detested for his recent purchase and price hike (from $13.50 to $750 per tablet) of the drug Daraprim. Some people were, understandably, a bit bummed this week when the same Shkreli paid a cool $2 million for a one-of-a-kind, never-been-heard Wu-Tang Clan album. That’s $2 million. For an album. Like we said, the guy’s a world-class A-hole.
It was with great glee and wonderment, then, that we learned that the album could be won back from the greedy hands of the man referred to by the BBC as “the most hated man in America.” It seems, that there has been a bit of clever legal paperwork appended to the purchase agreement that withholds the right for any member of the Wu-Tang Clan or (get this) Bill Murray to legally steal back the record. At least, according to one *guy’s Twitter feed:
Forget the $2M, this is easily the most interesting part of the whole deal between Wu-Tang and Martin Shkreli. pic.twitter.com/5nSshXhjnJ
— Rob Wesley (@eastwes) December 9, 2015
The clause (see above) states:
The buying party also agrees that at any time during the stipulated 88 year period, the seller may legally plan and attempt to execute one (1) heist or caper to steal back Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which, if successful, would return all ownership rights to the seller… Said heist or caper can only be undertaken by currently active members of the Wu-Tang Clan and/or actor Bill Murray, with no legal repercussions.
The image of Bill Murray infiltrating some rich guy’s third home, a ski mask over his face and a rare hip-hop album under his arm, with a lump of coal left in its place is a gift that will keep on giving.
*We get that this may be a joke. But we, like the rest of the world, are totally assuming it to be the real thing. It’s in writing! Typed on paper no less! On the internet! It must be true.