Days after Martin Shkreli posted his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album on eBay, bids have shot up to $1,000,200.
It remains unclear if the 34-year-old felon really will sell ”Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” which he listed for $1 on Tuesday, or is just seeking publicity, Page Six reported on Thursday.
Shkreli has incrementally released tracks of the previously unheard recording, which he describes in his listing as “like new,” on livestreams.
He’s first believed to have played a song to commemorate Donald Trump’s election victory, and then again put on the CD following his August conviction on multiple counts of securities fraud.
Shkreli was blasted in 2015 for raising the price of medicine used by AIDS and cancer patients from $13.50 to $750 per pill after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, bought the drug’s rights.
Shkreli, who bought the 2014 album from the Staten Island hip-hop group in 2015, said although he made the purchase as a gift to the group, he “received scorn” from at “least one of their (least-intelligent) members,” referring to rapper Ghostface Killah, who, referencing the price-gouging scandal, called Shkreli “a real killer, but you’re a soft killer.”
Shkreli, who faces up to 20 years behind bars, has not yet been sentenced on the fraud conviction.
The online auction is expected to close Sept. 15. Shkreli has said he’ll donate half the proceeds to medical research.
NOT DALI’S DAUGHTER
It looks like María Pilar Abel Martínez won’t be getting anything from the estate of great surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
Martínez, a tarot card reader born in 1956 who claimed her mother had an affair with Dalí, and had been told that she was Dali’s daughter, actually got a judge in Madrid to agree to exhume the artist’s body for testing in June.
This week, the Dali Foundation reported that DNA tests carried out have conclusively proved the two are not related.
Dali experts initially were skeptical of Martinez’s claim. According to the BBC, biographer Ian Gibson noted Dali’s statement, “I’m impotent, you’ve got to be impotent to be a great painter.”
PAGE SIX COMES TO KTVU
Sassy gossip from New York Post’s Page Six is coming to the airwaves.
KTVU-Channel 2 announced today that “Page Six TV” will debut on Sept. 18.
Hosted by John Fugelsang of Sirius XM Radio/VH1, the interactive show will include reports from experts and insiders Bevy Smith (Bravo’s “Fashion Queens”), Variety reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister and New York Post Page Six reporter Carlos Greer.
Music producer Avicii is 28. … Rapper Wiz Khalifa is 30. … Reality star Chumlee is 35. … Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson is 37. … Singer Pink is 38. … Actor Larenz Tate is 42. … Singer Aimee Mann is 57. … Politician Bernie Sanders is 76.
— Staff, wire reports