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The 20 Craziest Limited Edition Albums

Nine years' work, 31 tracks, some ridiculously luxe casing and just one copy, Wu-Tang Clan’s long awaited Once Upon a Time in Shaolin might just be the most extravagant album release of all time.

And we might never get to listen to it either, as that sole copy has just been snapped up for “millions” by a private US collector, who will get to hear the tracks now but doesn’t have the right to release it for another 88 years.

And while this one big sale won't exactly cure the steep decline of physical sales, it is comforting to know that artists are seemingly responding to the digital age by getting creative and exclusive with their releases, rustling up all manner of crazy limited edition oddities. 

Here's a list of 20 releases where "novelty" was the watchword...

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