Wu-Tang Clan’s ultra-rare album-as-artwork comes to Mona

Originally sold for US$2 million, the ultra-exclusive ‘Once Upon a Time in Shaolin’ is coming to Mona, and fans have a chance to hear the album.
A silver CD case is opened to display the rare 2-CD set it contains.

Secretly recorded over six years and released as a single, ultra-exclusive edition that sold at auction for US$2 million in 2015, the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a deliberate rebuttal to the disposable nature of music streaming and the widespread nature of music piracy.

The ultra-rare album – only one copy of it was ever pressed, after which the master files of the recording were deleted – is a two-CD set housed in an ornate silver box.

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts