Most of the treasures of the auction were taken out as charity lots by the collectors attending the auction. After all, the donations would be collected by the Lin family and used for social charities. Some auction items were extremely rare in the market and some were treasures that collectors had kept for a long time. They only appeared in auctions on such occasions so many guests bid for the treasures.
The host at the display counter announced the entry of the next lot. “The next collection I will introduce is a bit special. It is a treasure provided directly by Mr Xu Ziyun to the auction house. It is a 200 year old jade necklace named Exquisite Full Green.”
Correspondingly, the item introduction of the necklace appeared on the screen. The beautiful and flawless jade appeared in everyone’s eyes and many people were a bit moved when they saw this quality jade.
The host said, “The starting price is 500,000!”
Chen Jianhong wasn’t very interested in the jade jewelry but he couldn’t help saying when he saw this, “The color of this piece is really good.”
“This type of glass is rare.” Lin Shizong raised his hand and held up a sign. “1 million.”
Chen Jianhong said with surprise, “I never heard that you were interested in this type of thing before.”
“It is Mr Xu’s lot,” Lin Shizong said.
Chen Jianhong understood and also raised a sign. “1.1 million.”
“Guest 25 has bid 1.1 million.” The host’s gaze stayed on Lin Shizong and Chen Jianhong’s side for a few seconds and quickly moved away. “Is there anything higher?”
The guests who noticed Lin Shizong’s conversation with Chen Jianhong immediately reacted. Those who were originally interested in jade jewelry were even more impressed. The auction had a fixed starting price but the value of the items in the auction were different. Lin Shizong and Chen Jianhong bid to give Mr Xu face and the price of the jade jewelry was raised. This type of treasure jade was rare. In addition, many people in the field saw that Lin Shizong had raised a card and also raised their cards in response.
The host saw that the price of the item had risen to 5 million and asked, “It is 5.6 million. Is there anything higher?”
Lin Shizong’s eyes swept around the venue. He was just about to raise his card when he heard another voice in the venue.
Chen Qizhao held up the No. 75 card with a smile on his face, calling out the highest number in the entire venue. “6.5 million.”
“6.5 million! Guest 75 has bid 6.5 million!”
The value of the treasure suddenly increased by 900,000 and the voice was a bit young but extremely bright. This immediately attracted everyone’s attention. Many people fixed their eyes on Chen Qizhao and were full of curiosity about this young man with a fresh face and excellent appearance.
“Who is that?”
“I haven’t seen him before.”
“You don’t know? It is the little tyrant of the Chen family! The Chen second son.”
“Chairman Chen even brought him?”
“On such an occasion… is he here to raise the price and make trouble?”
Chen Shiming moved slightly when he heard the words and he looked at Special Assistant Xu. “Has Chen Qizhao been interested in this recently?”
Special Assistant Xu was silent but he was already secretly wiping sweat in his heart. “Second Young Master didn’t say this.”
Chen Shiming didn’t react much. He was a bit surprised that Chen Qizhao would bid for this type of thing but this was a charity party and they had originally planned to buy something. His tone was normal. “Keep an eye on him and ask him if he has enough money.”
Special Assistant Xu immediately moved when he heard the words. Then he soon came back.
Chen Shiming looked at him.
Special Assistant Xu replied honestly. “Second Young Master said that his penalty fees are enough and he can buy at will.”
Chen Shiming didn’t speak and continued to look at the display counter.
Special Assistant Xu found it strange. Was it his illusion? Why did he feel that his boss wasn’t happy after saying this?
In another corner of the party, Shen Xuelan was standing by the window to experience the fresh air. She heard the voice and touched the man next to her with a smile. “Yo, that well-behaved little tyrant has also come?”
Shen Yuhuai looked sideways, his attention moving from the garden outside the window to the inner field of the party. Then he found the figure holding the sign in the crowd.
Chen Qizhao was wearing a more formal navy blue suit and holding a champagne glass in his hand. The suit outlined the young and tall figure of the other party and his white and conspicuous complexion was highlighted under the reflection of the glass chandelier.
He attracted all the attention as if he was born for such an occasion.
Yan Kailin noticed the gazes around him and whispered to Chen Qizhao. “Is this too exaggerated? You have increased it so much at once.”
“Is that so?” Chen Qizhao’s eyes were casual but his tone implied he was bound to win. “If I want it then I’ll grab it.”
This was what Lin Shizong had said. ‘If you see anything you like, you can take it.’
Lin Shizong’s assistant saw this and quietly looked at two people in the venue. This was something that Lin Shizong wanted and it couldn’t be disturbed by the useless Chen Qizhao.
The two guests in the venue received the order and one of them immediately held up a card to bid against Chen Qizhao. “6.6 million.”
The host said, “Guest 23 has bid 6.6 million.”
Chen Qizhao raised his sign. “7 million.”
He raised the card and directly increased it by 400,000.
The people in the venue started whispering. The size of the jade necklace wasn’t large and there was actually a threshold for the value. 7 million was a bit high.
Lin Shizong frowned slightly.
Chen Jianhong glanced at Chen Qizhao’s position. He didn’t know why his youngest son was suddenly interested in this jade necklace. He was just thinking this when another person in the venue held up a card to compete.
The person holding the card looked ordinary and Chen Jianhong had no impression of him at all.
Chen Qizhao’s tone was casual. “8 million.”
Another person said, “8.1 million.”
Hiss—the little tyrant of the Chen family was competing with people?
The people around them were watching the excitement. They saw that Chen Qizhao was a bit hesitant after hearing 8.1 million and thought that the young master of the Chen family who came out to see the world had spent all his pocket money. As they watched, they suddenly noticed that there were two other Chen family members at the venue who were silent and didn’t speak. Chen Jianhong was serious and calm. He stood with Lin Shizong but his eyes stayed on the display counter on the field. It was as if he was paying attention to the auction results of ‘Exquisite Full Green.’ On the other side, the young prince of the Chen Group, Chen Shiming adjusted his cuffs and seemed to be paying attention to this side.
At this time, a higher bid came out directly.
Chen Qizhao’s eyes were indifferent but the price quoted was directly pulled up by 1.4 million. “9.5 million.”
The expression of Lin Shizong’s assistant became ugly but he was unwilling to give up. He had the others raise the price.
The people originally competing with Chen Qizhao gritted his teeth and raised it by 100,000 yuan. The price came to 9.6 million.
There was silence around them. It was a trivial matter for Chen Qizhao to compete with people to bid for an item. Most regarded it as reasonable competition and thought that the junior just wanted to find something to bid for fun. However, Chen Qizhao wasn’t the only one present. The two members of the Chen family were still watching from the side.
Even if the relationship between Chen Qizhao and his family wasn’t harmonious, wasn’t robbing things from Chen Qizhao equivalent to robbing things in front of Chen Jianhong and Chen Shiming?
“10 million.” Chen Qizhao reported the number and his eyes fell on the person who was raising the price, his tone relaxed. “Do you want to continue?”
The man didn’t speak and seemed hesitant.
Lin Shizong’s assistant saw this and was about to ask him to continue, but he saw Lin Shizong’s warning gaze from not far away and had to stop moving.
The two people competing with Chen Qizhao saw that the assistant was slow to give the next instructions and had to give up.
“10 million once, 10 million twice…” The host’s voice was excited. “Congratulations to Guest 75.”
The Exquisite Full Green fell into Chen Qizhao’s hands.
The charity association continued the auction while Yan Kailin was immersed in the fact that his friend waved his hand and spent 10 million to gain a necklace.
Chen Qizhao glanced at him.
Yan Kailin said in a pained manner, “Ever since I had my pocket money deducted by my brother, I haven’t bought such an expensive thing.”
Halfway through his words, he saw Chen Shiming walking over and quickly looked at Chen Qizhao.
“You have a lot of money?” Chen Shiming looked at him.
“It is because the others gave too much.” Chen Qizhao’s tone was natural. “That jade looks good. I bought it for Mother to play with.”
Chen Shiming’s face softened a bit when he heard the words and he gave a rare explanation. “Mother isn’t very interested in jade. The next time you want to give her something, you can give diamonds.”
Zhang Yazhi’s hobbies were simple. The shinier things were, the more she liked them.
Chen Qizhao said, “Oh, then I will go back and exchange it for diamonds for her.”
Chen Shiming: “……”
Zhang Yazhi and her friend were walking in the outside garden for some air and didn’t notice that her precious son had spent 10 million to buy her a jade necklace. The jokes of the two brothers were naturally heard by Chen Jianhong and Lin Shizong, who had come over. Chen Jianhong’s tone was casual. “How can an auction be as nonsensical as you?”
Lin Shizong looked at Chen Qizhao. “The child has a heart.”
Chen Qizhao just smiled and thanked him sincerely. “Thank you, Uncle Lin or else I wouldn’t have seen this beautiful necklace, let alone obtained it for his mother.” He said very regretfully. “Just now, the people raised it by a few million more. I thought I would run out of money. If I had known this earlier, I would’ve raised the proportion of penalty damages when the legal team first drafted the contract. This much isn’t enough for me to obtain two necklaces.”
Lin Shizong’s expression remained the same but his eyes toward Chen Qizhao didn’t have their original smile. Mr Xu had been keeping this piece of jewelry and hadn’t sold it to many people despite the high price. This time, it was because Mr Xu was old that he decided to donate this jade jewelry as a charity auction. It ended up going to the Lin family’s charity auction.
It was his own charity auction and it should’ve been in the bag.
He had inquired beforehand. No one had come on purpose for the jade necklace. He planned to raise the price for the face of Mr Xu before secretly asking the assistant to arrange for the necklace to be obtained. The people who were arranged were from small affiliated companies and there was no need to hide much. Then Chen Qizhao mixed in and directly disrupted his original plan.
If it continued, he would undoubtedly be exposed so he couldn’t continue to compete in front of Chen Jianhong and Chen Shiming.
Lin Shizong thought of the usefulness of the necklace and looked at Chen Qizhao a few more times. Then he quickly restrained his emotions and returned to his original amiable appearance, as if he was teaching the younger generation. “It is okay to bid for things but you should do what you can. Don’t force it if you can’t obtain something, understood?”
Chen Qizhao smiled. “Of course, I could obtain it.”
He asked casually, “Uncle Lin, you don’t think those people could snatch something from me, do you?”
Lin Shizong had a slight smile on his face, as if he was helpless about the arrogance of this young man. He glanced at the assistant coming over and nodded slightly toward Chen Jianhong. “I have something to do over there. I’m sorry.”
Chen Jianhong understood. “You go first.”
Lin Shizong patted Chen Qizhao’s shoulder with that kind expression again. “Xiao Zhao, feel free to play. Young people don’t have to be so restrained.”
He finished and left.
Once he was gone, Chen Shiming said, “…If you play with the penalty damages like this, it is useless no matter how high the percentage is.”
Chen Qizhao didn’t speak. He watched Lin Shizong walk away before casually saying, “How do you know it is useless?”
It was too useful. Wasn’t it best to use Lin Shizong’s money to rob him of his things?
The charity auction was still going on. The host was introducing the items in a loud voice and the attention of the guests had shifted to the auction items. In a corner of the venue, Lin Shizong put down the champagne glass in his hand and wiped his fingertips with a handkerchief.
“Chairman Lin.” The assistant walked over with a pale face. “I’m sorry, I messed things up.”
Lin Shizong handed the handkerchief to his assistant and fixed his eyes on Chen Qizhao in the distance. He thought about Chen Qizhao’s smug face that had been in front of him. “Young and vigorous, reckless and rude.”
He retracted his gaze and looked at the assistant in front of him. “Say, shouldn’t a child like this be taught a lesson?”