Chapter 492 - Last Bid
"Looks like this Pill of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing is quite the popular item this auction! We'll now start the bidding for the final pill! Now, fellow bidders, don't hold back this time around, it's the final pill! The last pill!" the auctioneer said passionately as he put the final pill on display, hoping that the winning bid would beat the previous two pills and create history.
The bidding began and Fatty Lai was the first to jump out, shaking his ass in the process as he raised his bid board. "200 million!!"
The crowd erupted into an uproar, not expecting Fatty Lai to start the bidding war with 200 million right from the get-go!
But it made sense as they thought about it. Fatty Lai had lost two pills in a row, and this was his last chance. There would be no more opportunities after this one.
Yu Haitian, on the other hand, didn't quite understand Faty Lai's bid. Haitian might have gotten a pill earlier, but his instincts told him that this pill had to be something good. "Uncle, should we make another bid?"
"No." The middle-aged man shook his head. "You bought the previous one at a low price. Fatty Lai didn't make another bid out of respect for House Yu, and the same goes for the other bidders. It isn't sightly for our family to fight for this final pill; it's not our way."
"Huh? Low price?" Haitian blinked.
"You'll see," the middle-aged man said evenly. "This final pill would sell for more than 300 million, I'm afraid."
Haitian felt regretful upon hearing the words. He was still young and didn't consider all the consequences. He assumed that buying the pill at the price of the last bid was high enough. He wasn't expecting that to be a low price!
After all, when the same items were auctioned off, the first ones would usually sell for a higher price, with the later items being sold for gradually lower prices, since the people interested in competing had participated already.
In other words, the bids would only get cheaper. But today's item was an exception.
Liu Tianyi had been planning on taking part in the fun for a bit, but hearing 200 million discouraged him from doing so. As rich as House Liu was, there were a lot of assets and investment securities he couldn't sell or move. Plus, even if he had plenty of usable resources he couldn't just blow it all on buying pills, could he?
"210 million." A son of a house raised a bid board after receiving permission from his elders, much to everybody else's disdain as they shot him a look. People were adding tens of millions with each increasing bids. Wasn't 10 million too small a number?
"250 million!" Fatty Lai said grandly.
Miracle Doctor Kang frowned. He'd wanted to join in the bidding during the second round but didn't expect for the Yu Family to butt in. He didn't dare fight the Yus for the pill, so he had to resort to joining the third round. But Fatty Lai was making it pretty clear that he had no intention of holding back this time around. It was quite worrying for the doctor.
Lin Yi and Xuemin were sitting quietly, and the only one standing and raising his board was Fatty Lai. As a result, nobody could see Lin Yi and Xuemin. Miracle Doctor Kang wasn't thinking too much either.
"280 million!" Miracle Doctor Kang said after some consideration, offering the high price that the last pill had sold for. He thought that Fatty Lai would give up after that bid, but life was indeed full of surprises.
"300 million!" Fatty Lai raised his board without even hesitating.
After a brief pause, everyone in the crowd understood why Fatty Lai was going so far. He'd given up on the first pill because there were more chances to come, and he'd backed out of the bidding the second time because of the Yu Family's involvement. He didn't want to fight House Yu and had to give up.
This third pill, however, was his final chance. He had no other choice.
With all that in mind, 300 million really wasn't that high a price.
Miracle Doctor Kang was quite pissed at Fatty Lai. This was bullying! He never made any higher bids when Tianyi was fighting him or when Haitian was making bids! He just had to bid 300 million when it came to him!
With the precedents from earlier, Miracle Doctor Kang had assumed that 280 million would probably guarantee him the pill, but things were much less simple than he'd thought.
"What should we do, Father?" Guifeng frowned. "This is the last Pill of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing, and that damn fatty's not holding back!"
Xiao Ji and Xiao Ben, sitting beside them, found it odd. "Elder Kang, is this Pill of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing really that valuable?"
Miracle Doctor Kang didn't answer them, turning to Guifeng instead. "It doesn't matter if he's hellbent on getting the pill; we need to be the highest bidder! This pill is highly important to our family!"
"I understand!" Guifeng evidently knew what his father was thinking. If they could analyze the constituents making up the pill, then the Kangs would be able to count the days until their greatest glory!
"This might be a long-lost ancient medicine," Miracle Doctor Kang said to the Xiao brothers after speaking to Guifeng. "I'm planning on researching it after purchasing the pill."
"Oh? I see! It's no surprise that the bids are this high, then. So it's an ancient medicine?" Xiao Ji said, understanding what was going on. "Then it'll really be worth the buy. With your knowledge, Elder Kang, the research is sure to go smoothly."
"Haha, that's not for certain. After all, aren't the ones who discovered this pill some Miracle Doctor company as well? Even they haven't managed to finish the research. We'll just have to try and see," Miracle Doctor Kang said, extremely pleased by what Xiao Ji said.
Guifeng, on the other hand, was making another bid. "320 million!"
"350 million!" Fatty Lai shouted before the auctioneer even said anything.
Guifeng paused as a layer of sweat covered his brow. This Fatty Lai sure was rich. He wasn't holding back one bit!
"Keep going." It hurt Miracle Doctor Kang to be spending this much money, but the entire medicine company had nearly 500 million yuan's worth of movable resources he could use for this bid.
"380 million!" Guifeng raised his board once more.
Fatty Lai clearly hesitated for a bit, but raised his board again before the auctioneer said anything.
"400 million!" Fatty Lai announced.
The crowd burst into a heated uproar, while all the rich people and billionaires kept their mouths shut. While Tianyi and Haitian had made their acknowledgement of the pill clear, this was still an item none of them really knew about. Paying this much for a mystery pill was not something they'd do.
Chapter 493 - Unexpected Events at the Auction
But as things stood, Fatty Lai and Miracle Doctor Kang had involved themselves in a bidding war for the pill!
Miracle Doctor Kang. He was a titan of the medical world, and even that very titan was fighting to spend millions for this pill.
The pill was most definitely a miracle pill. Everyone was convinced.
They were regretting not bidding during the first round. Tianyi had it good. He'd snatched himself a miracle pill early on when the price was still low, but it was now being bid for 400 million! From what they could see, it might not even be the final price!
As expected, Guifeng raised his board again after Miracle Doctor Kang motioned to him. "410 million!"
He didn't dare bid too much this time. The Kangs only had around 500 million yuan's worth of movable funds and bidding too much for the pill would definitely affect the family business.
But Fatty Lai went quiet after Guifeng's bid. People all assumed it was because he'd run out of money and was deciding he should withdraw.
Except he was looking at Lin Yi, a smile on his face. "Boss, the Kangs are probably near their limit. I can raise the bid again, and they'll still be able to keep up, but anything beyond that has no guarantee."
"Yeah, one more bid is good." Lin nYi smiled. Fatty Lai wasn't being very nice to the Kangs, but Lin Yi himself didn't like that family very much. There was no reason for him to stop Fatty Lai from messing with them.
"410 million going once… 410 million going twice…" The auctioneer paused at the second call and turned to Fatty Lai, seeing if he wanted to make a higher bid.
Needless to say, it pissed Miracle Doctor Kang off. What in the world did this auctioneer think he was doing? Did he have to look at Fatty Lai even if he couldn't bring himself to hit the final hammer? Was he encouraging the fatty to continue fighting him??
But the auctioneer's encouraging eyes turned out to be effective. Gritting his teeth, Fatty Lai stood up and raised his board once more. "420 million!"
Miracle Doctor Kang went cold as he mentally cursed the fucking auctioneer.
It was House Yu's auction, however, and Miracle Doctor Kang couldn't really voice his opinion even if he wanted to. He swallowed his frustration and motioned for Guifeng to reraise.
After all, Miracle Doctor Kang had already labeled this Pill of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing an absolute treasure. Looking at things, it was highly likely that there were only these three pills. Missing out on this opportunity would be final, and Miracle Doctor Kang had to grit his teeth and fight to the end.
"430 million!" Guifeng raised his board.
"430 million going once… 430 million going twice… 430 million going three times! Sold!" The auctioneer wanted to let Fatty Lai continue bidding, but the man had unfortunately backed out, evidently because he'd run out of money and had confirmed his withdrawal. The guy wasn't moving one inch!
Liu Tianyi was the happiest person in the room at the moment, feeling intensely pleased with himself!
He'd thought that 280 million for a pill was expensive, but it turned out that he'd gotten his pill at a bargain price! Fatty Lai couldn't even get his hands on the last pill for 420 million, losing it to Miracle Doctor Kang for 430!
In actuality, he was wrong. Tianyi wasn't the happiest man in the hall. It was Fatty Lai, who had played the entire auction hall!
These three pills had brought their company nearly one billion yuan's worth of profit! This was the most vital part of the entire company's growth, and with this one billion there were so many things they could do!
It was true that he wanted to get a pill for himself, but now that Lin Yi had promised to give him one his entire mindset towards the auction bidding had changed.
"Boss, what a surprise, right? We have tons of funds now!" Fatty Lai laughed.
Lin Yi never expected that three regular body cleansing pills could sell for this much money. These were things that the old man put in a tin can for him to eat like sweets when he was young, after all.
"Hah. You'll get your share as well!" Lin Yi was quite impressed with Fatty Lai's business skills. There was probably no way the pills would have sold for so much if it weren't for Fatty Lai.
"Thank you, Boss!" Fatty Lai nodded enthusiastically.
But just when the auctioneer was about to move on to the next item, someone in the audience spoke up.
"Shouldn't good things be shared with everyone, Little Yu Haitian! Aren't there more of those Pills of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing? We didn't even get to bid, and it's sold out! That's not very fair!" It was Wu Gonggao, the head of the Iron Fist Wus.
He had quite a name. Wu Gonggao meant impressive martial arts. It seemed like he was kissing his own ass, but at the same time it was completely justified!
After all, he was one of the very few mystic-class fighters! He was the only one who'd dare talk to a Yu like this.
House Wu of the Iron Fist, an ancient house. While on the surface, the Wu Family seemed like a house as powerful as the Lius, it was a house more than a century old. Houses like them always had a trump card.
If the head of House Wu brought his martial prowess to be bear, it'd be a spectacle just short of stunning. Even the Yu Family considered them formidable.
It could be said that as long as Wu Gonggao stayed the Wu Family's head, no one would ever take them lightly.
Wu Gonggao had rushed over after receiving his grandson Wu Chentian's phone call. He was in Yanjing and was planning on attending the Yus' auction as well, but someone of his position very rarely attended the first two days of the auction, usually sending his sons and grandsons to represent him instead, personally participating only on the final day.
But hearing about the PIll of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing selling for 280 million, and the fact that even the Yu Family had participated, Gonggao couldn't take it anymore. He rushed to the auction hall with haste, only to make it to the final call for the last pill.
He took one look at the description of the Pill of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing and felt that it was the long-lost body cleansing pill of the martial world. Feeling harmony with the item, his interest grew, resulting in him interrupting the auction out of his sense of loss.
If it were a son of a typical strong house, Haitian would have had a way to deal with it.
But this was Wu Gonggao of the Iron Fist Wus, a mystic-class master. He had to tread carefully here.
He turned to look at his uncle sitting beside him.
"Ask what Mister Lai Changyi thinks," the middle-aged man said calmly after some hesitation. "If there are more, it wouldn't hurt to pull out a few more pills. We won't be taking a percentage of the profits!"
"Understood!" Haitian nodded before motioning to the auctioneer to pause the auction. He then gave Changyi a call.Chapter Notes:
Here's SPSF's Synopsis:
Yang Ming is an underachiever in high school. He skips class to shoot pool, cheats on his exams and gets into fights. A twist and turn of fate and luck and he obtains some high-tech contact lenses that give him superpowers and dramatically change his life.
As his journey unfolds, he battles against society's big guns and attempts to bring justice into an unjust world. Along the way, he has many interesting and romantic encounters with the ladies who are charmed by his character.
How will he use his superpowers?
Will he be able to overcome evil and bring justice to the world?
Who will he choose to be with in the end?