Despite being convicted for fraud last month, Martin Shkreli doesn't seem to be trying terribly hard to work off his "most hated man in America" title. The controversial ex-hedge fund manager became so despised after raising the price of drug Daraprim (an antiparasitic used to treat HIV/AIDS) from $13.5 to $750 per pill with no apparent remorse.
Shkreli has long been a fan of rap music, which explains why two years ago he bid $2m for the sole existing copy of Wu-Tang Clan's album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
It became the most expensive album ever sold, which is probably why the king of trolling put the album on eBay for $1 on Tuesday night. Although it may have been an attempt to get attention - the highest bid currently is $999,400.00.
The "Pharma Bro" posted a long message on the listing which read as follows:
'This is the one and only Wu-Tang album.
I decided to purchase this album as a gift to the Wu-Tang Clan for their tremendous musical output. Instead I received scorn from at least one of their (least-intelligent) members, and the world at large failed to see my purpose of putting a serious value behind music. I will be curious to see if the world values music nearly as much as I have. I have donated to many rock bands and rappers over the years to ensure they can continue to produce their art when few others would.
"At any time I may cancel this sale and I may even break this album in frustration. I will donate half of the sale proceeds to medical research. I am not selling to raise cash--my companies and I have record amounts of cash on hand. I hope someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear.
"Upon sale, I will represent & warranty any copies of the music I have will be destroyed. I have not carefully listened to the album, which is a double CD. There is also a finely crafted booklet which you can read about elsewhere. I will pay legal expenses for the buyer up to $25,000 to ensure the final purchase details are mutually agreeable."
The album has long been an item of interest for fans, so much so the FBI were forced to make a statement that they didn't have the CD after he was arrested. Shkreli promised to release it if Trump became president, though he only in fact released the introduction and one single.
Nice bloke, basically.