US Government Releases New Photos of Wu-Tang Clan's 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin'

The United States government has released new photos of Wu-Tang Clan‘s famed Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album.

Buzzfeed obtained the the bill of sale and pictures of the album by a Freedom of Information Act request. The imagery sent by the Department of Justice includes the album’s leather-covered nickel silver box and cedarwood box storage, a 175-page leather-bound lyric book and a certificate of authenticity. Photographs of the two CDs, the song titles and aspects of the lyric book were redacted, however, due to “trade secrets.”

In October 2021, a group of crypto enthusiasts called PleasrDAO confirmed that they purchased Once Upon a Time in Shaolin from the federal government for $4 million USD. Unlike the album’s previous owner, Martin Shkreli, PleasrDAO plans on sharing the Wu-Tang record with the world. “This beautiful piece of art, this ultimate protest against middlemen and rent-seekers of musicians and artists, went south by going into the hands of Martin Shkreli, the ultimate internet villain,” Jamis Johnson, PleasrDAO’s Chief Pleasing Officer, said.

Take a look at the imagery below.

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