Chapter 67 – Money is not enough when it is used
The auction started soon. The first item in the auction was an authentic work of Tang Bohu. The starting price was 100 million, and the price quickly soared to 500 million.
Ye Fan frowned, got close to Bai Yunxi, and said puzzledly, “Why is this broken painting worth so much money?”
“Calligraphy and painting lovers like it.” These days, there are more and more rich people, and many people like to attach themselves to the elegant art world after they have money. The value of classical painting and calligraphy is increasing day by day. Many people are willing to buy them back for collection. Of course, some people like ancient paintings’ added appreciation value, and buy them back as an investment.
In the end, Tang Bohu’s mountain road pine forest map sold for 700 million yuan.
“This piece of shit is actually worth 700 million yuan. Is there something wrong with the person who bought the painting?” Ye Fan said sullenly.
Bai Yunxi: “…”
“This is still very little. A few years ago, Sotheby’s in New York held a special auction of ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy, among which was a genuine Tang Yin painting “Viewing the Waterfall in Mount Lu”, which started at $30,000 and was finally sold at US$590 million, which is RMB 3.59 billion.”
Ye Fan touched his chin and said, “Drawing is so profitable, I think I don’t want to draw talismans anymore, I’ll change to painting.”
Bai Yunxi smiled coldly and said, “A painter’s paintings are only valuable after the painter dies. The longer the painter dies, the more valuable they are. Even if you are successful at painting, when the painting can be sold for money, it has nothing to do with you.”
Ye Fan: “…”
“Van Gogh’s works are also worth a lot of money, however, Van Gogh was poor and destitute during his life, and a random painting after his death would fetch a price that would be enough to clothe and feed him for several lifetimes,” Bai Yunxi said indifferently.
Ye Fan: “…”
Ye Fan shook his head and said, “If that’s the case, then I’ll continue to eat the big households.”
Bai Yunxi: “…”
Jiang Shuya frowned while listening to Ye Fan and Bai Yunxi’s conversation. The tacit understanding between Bai Yunxi and Ye Fan made Jiang Shuya feel like she couldn’t get in.
Miss Jiang had always been held in high esteem, and it was the first time that she had been left out in the cold like this.
The second lot in the auction house is a moon plate. When the plate is illuminated by the light, the brilliance flows, and it has an indescribable charm.
“Nice antique!” Bai Yunxi said.
Ye Fan nodded.
“Huh.” Ye Fan frowned when he saw a hairpin on the stage.
Bai Yunxi looked at Ye Fan and asked, “What’s wrong?”
Ye Fan shook his head and said, “Nothing.”
The hairpin that was auctioned was stained with the blood of a certain woman. The original owner should have used this hairpin to commit s**cide. There seems to be some resentment on the hairpin!
The jade hairpin was taken away by Jiang Shuya, and Ye Fan looked at Jiang Shuya with a bit of gloating in his heart.
“Here it is.” After more than ten rounds of bidding, it was finally the turn of the twin emerald green lotus.
As soon as the twin emerald green lotus appeared, others didn’t feel it, but Ye Fan felt a strong spiritual energy. Something strange flashed in Ye Fan’s eyes. This twin emerald green lotus has mutated. Even more astonishing, Ye Fan guessed that the reason for the mutation of twin emerald green lotus was related to the storage of its seeds for thousands of years.
twin emerald green lotus’s starting price was 30 million, and the price quickly rose by 300 million. Ye Fan, who was worth 200 million, felt panic in his heart when he heard the soaring price.
“These damn rich people,” Ye Fan scolded sullenly.
“Five hundred million,” Bai Yunxi raised his placard!
“Five hundred and ten million.” A somewhat frivolous quotation sounded.
Ye Fan glanced at the person who made the offer, and couldn’t help frowning. The offer was Song Qiming, whom he had met before.
“Six hundred million.” Bai Yunxi continued to raise the placard.
“Six hundred and ten million.”
“Seven hundred million.”
“Seven hundred and ten million.”
Ye Fan glanced at Bai Yunxi and said, “This guy is doing it on purpose.”
Chen Ke Lan frowned and said, “Young Master Song and Young Master Bai are against each other!”
Yun Shanshan said with some dissatisfaction: “Master Song is going too far.” Bai Yunxi’s poor health is a well-known thing in Beijing. People who participated in the bidding probably thought that Bai Yunxi was going to take this lotus back to make medicine, and most of them were willing to give the Bai family a little face and not compete with it.
The price soared to 1.41 billion, Bai Yunxi couldn’t help frowning, Bai Yunxi added 100 million every time, Song Qiming added 10 million every time, clearly playing with Bai Yunxi.
Ye Fan suddenly held Bai Yunxi’s hand and said, “Forget it.”
Bai Yunxi glanced at Ye Fan and said, “You don’t want it anymore?”
Ye Fan frowned and said, “It’s a bit overpriced.” The price has risen to 1.91 billion. Ye Fan thought that with that much money, he would have to go eat dozens more big households to make the money back, and it was not cost effective.
“Okay,” Bai Yunxi stopped bidding.
“Congratulations, Mr. Song, this twin emerald green lotus is yours,” said the auctioneer.
Song Qiming’s expression changed suddenly. Of course, Song Qiming had heard the rumor that the twin emerald green lotus could prolong one’s life, but he didn’t believe it. He only wanted to make Bai Yunxi lose more money, unexpectedly, when it was 1.91 billion, Bai Yunxi stopped.
Song Qiming is different from Bai Yunxi. Bai Yunxi came out early and started his own business. He has a lot of working capital. Song Qiming is the Song family’s young master, but the family is mixed in politics, they are rich but a lot of money is not visible, so two billion for Song Qiming is not a small amount of money.
Ye Fan turned his head and saw Song Qiming’s ugly face, and Ye Fan said in displeasure: “This guy seems to regret it, really, competing without money, what a big head of garlic, ah!”
Bai Yunxi said with some regret, “It’s a pity.” He really wanted the twin emerald green lotus, but the price of 1.91 billion had exceeded his expectations.
Jiang Shuya glanced at Song Qiming, and a bit of disdain flashed in her heart. Jiang Shuya felt that Song Qiming was too reckless, and he was too arrogant. Spending such a large sum of money on potted flowers and offending the Bai family, no matter how you look at it, it was unnecessary.
Ye Fan said nonchalantly: “If it’s gone, it’s gone. Anyway, it’s not that I can’t find a substitute.” Ye Fan said so, but he had a few different thoughts in his heart.
“Young Master Song, isn’t 1.91 billion for a lotus flower too expensive?” the assistant beside Song Qiming asked cautiously.
Song Qiming clenched his fists. He had no interest in the twin emerald green lotus, but he wanted to disgust Bai Yunxi. He didn’t expect Bai Yunxi to stop at the last moment, he had intended to let Bai Yunxi quote a price of 2 billion and call it a day.
“It’s a good thing! It’s also good to give it to the old man,” Song Qiming said strongly.
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Ye Fan walked out of the auction house, and Chen Songbin greeted him, “Young Master Ye, what about Young Master Bai?”
“Old Man Bai has sent someone to pick him up, he left first.”
Chen Songbin twitched the corner of his mouth, Ye Fan actually called Bai Shiyuan, Old Man Bai.
“Old Man Bai is really, he picked up people in a hurry. Originally, I wanted to invite Yunxi for a meal,” Ye Fan said displeased.
Chen Songbin can understand Bai Shiyuan’s mentality to some extent. Bai Shiyuan has put a lot of effort into curing Bai Yunxi’s illness over the years. Song Qiming and Bai Yunxi fought for a twin emerald green lotus, the result, he lost the fight. Master Bai was probably unhappy, worried that Bai Yunxi would be too angry, so he took the person away.
“Young Master Ye, if you are free, let’s go have a drink?” Chen Songbin asked.
Ye Fan shook his head and said, “No, I still have something to do, let’s do it another day.”
An armored vehicle drove into Song Qiming’s villa.
“Take it down,” Song Qiming said with a stern face.
He spent a lot of money to buy a pot of flowers and mortgaged his company. On the way back, Song Qiming received a lot of calls to inquire about news. Song Qiming could easily hear the gloating in the tone of his cousins.
The Song family is a big family, and there are many outstanding children in the family, which makes the family look prosperous, but the competition is equally fierce, with more people and less meat.
Song Qiming was a little flustered, secretly regretting that he didn’t stop when Bai Yunxi quoted 1.9 billion!
“Master.” The driver’s face showed a bit of horror.
Song Qiming looked at the driver’s face and said, “What’s wrong?”
Song Qiming walked to the cargo box and looked at it, and he almost lost his breath. The lotus flower in the cargo box withered, and a few decayed lotus leaves fell into the basin.
“How is that possible?”
He was the one who watched the stuff get packed, but it took more than an hour on the road, how could it become like this? Could it be that the stuff was swapped?
Song Qiming’s face was flushed with anger. He still wanted to dedicate the flowers to the old man, after all, older people are afraid of death. Although he said that life and death are fate, wealth and honor are in the sky, but in his heart, he wanted to prolong his life. The flowers turned out like this, how can he dedicate this to the old man ah?!
When Bai Yunxi returned to the Bai family, he found that many people from the Bai family had arrived.
“Yunxi, are you alright?” Bai Yunjin asked with concern.
Bai Yunxi frowned and said, “Me? What could happen to me?”
Bai Yunjin looked at Bai Yunxi, comforted, and said, “Yunxi, you didn’t get the twin emerald green lotus, right? I’ll go ask the cultivator at the Academy of Sciences for you again to see if there’s more.”
Bai Yunfei nodded and said, “Yeah! Yunxi, I don’t know if the rumor that the twin emerald green lotus can prolong life is true or not. There are too many rumors like this in this world, don’t take it to heart.”
Bai Yunxi didn’t know whether to cry or laugh. The family always treated him like a porcelain doll. In fact, how could he be so fragile?
“Big brother, second sister, don’t worry, I’m fine.”
“Yunxi, this guy Song Qiming is really something. Originally, the competition is not much, except that he is simply deliberately disgusting you,” Bai Yunfei said with a full of resentment.
“Song Qiming should also have a hard time. He doesn’t seem to have the money to pay in cash, and he doesn’t dare to offend the auction house, so he mortgaged part of the Song family’s property. Mr. Song will probably be furious at him,” Bai Yunjin shook his head and said.
“That’s what he deserves!” Bai Yunfei said.
Bai Yunjin and Bai Yunfei were a little emotional, and Bai Yunxi listened indifferently, as if it had nothing to do with him.
Xiao Chi looked at Bai Yunxi and asked, “Yunxi, I heard you went to the auction with Ye Fan, did you fancy that twin emerald green lotus, or did that guy Ye Fan fancy it?”
Bai Yunxi: “…”
Bai Yunxi turned his eyes and did not speak.
The housekeeper came in and whispered a few words to Bai Shiyuan. Bai Shiyuan, who had never spoken, turned extremely ugly.
“Grandpa, what’s wrong?” Bai Yunxi asked, looking at Bai Shiyuan’s solemn face.
“The twin emerald green lotus that Song Qiming bought at the auction house withered after being shipped back. Song Qiming suspects that the flowers have been swapped,” Bai Shiyuan said.
Bai Yunxi couldn’t help but widen his eyes, “How could this happen?”
Bai Yunxi frowned, logically speaking, he should be happy, but at this time, Ye Fan’s face appeared in front of him, this guy Ye Fan, shouldn’t it be…
“I’ll go out,” Bai Yunxi stood up and said.
Bai Shiyuan frowned and said, “Be careful on the road.”