Treasure Hunt Tycoon Chapter 254
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Hans was excited to see the green Santa Claus bottle had caught Mr. Sanders's eye.
"What about this bottle?"
Bauer replied, "Not bad—this bottle was made by CocCola in 1922, the first edition of Santa Claus on c.o.ke bottles to celebrate Christmas."
"Just now I heard you saying this is a collector's bottle?" Li Du mentioned, emphasizing the keyword.
Bauer nodded his head. "Yes, in 1922, CocCola was not a popular drink yet. There were fewer people drinking it during winter. Therefore, the number of bottles produced was small—they sold less than 5,000 bottles during that period."
Hans commended, "You're so familiar with the history of the beverage maker. You're like a walking treasure yourself!"
Bauer was someone who liked to hear nice things being said about him. He said proudly, "Of course. I know this version of CocCola bottle especially well because I also collected some items related to it."
That gave Li Du a fright; he thought Mr. Sanders might have already had the first edition Santa bottle.
Bauer went upstairs and came back with two big picture frames that contained two old, vintage-looking posters.
In the first poster, Santa Claus was saying h.e.l.lo to a child who had stayed up to wait for him. The child looked refreshed after drinking a bottle of c.o.ke.
The second poster had warmer color tones and depicted a fun, mischievous tone as Santa secretly brought two children to the fridge, and they all drank c.o.ke together.
The ill.u.s.tration was outstanding for the second poster, as the cautious and alert expression of Santa was portrayed so well that people could make out what was happening with just a glance.
What was most distinctive about the posters was that Santa Claus had different colored clothing. Santa wore a green hat and green clothes in the first and red clothing in the second.
Bauer asked both Li Du and Hans to look closely at the two posters. "Look at the first poster, look at the c.o.ke bottle the child was holding and the one you brought over."
Although the first poster was not as fine as the second poster, extra focus was placed on the ill.u.s.tration of the c.o.ke bottle. They could see Santa on the green c.o.ke bottle clearly, which the child was holding—it was exactly the same as the one they had brought over.
Hans suddenly said, "This poster was created to promote this Christmas version of CocCola, right?"
Bauer nodded with a smile. "Yes, that's right."
Hans asked, "That means the green Santa Claus bottle is the most valuable among the c.o.ke bottles I brought?"
Bauer nodded his head again. "Yes—I offer you 20,000 dollars for this special bottle. And 1,000 dollars each for the first generation c.o.ke bottles."
Li Du felt that the offer was reasonable enough, but Hans thought otherwise.
"Mr. Sanders, you're the expert, so you should know these bottles are works of art. Moreover, this is the collector's edition, green Santa bottle—you might not come across one ever again."
Bauer said, "You're being dramatic—they're only gla.s.s bottles. If you had the s.p.a.ce Can from CocCola, I'd offer you 100,000 dollars!"
The s.p.a.ce Can Bauer mentioned was known as the "CocCola s.p.a.ce Can." It looked similar to the usual c.o.ke aluminum cans but it was full of high-tech elements.
This bottle was created in 1985 when the whole world was hyped up about outer s.p.a.ce and astronauts. CocCola had spent a large amount of money to design the CocCola s.p.a.ce Can.
The company had developed a valve-capped can that would work in weightlessness to keep the cola fizzy without spewing out of the can.
On July 12, 1985, astronauts tested the CocCola s.p.a.ce Can aboard the s.p.a.ce Shuttle Challenger—NASA had agreed to let the astronauts try the new c.o.ke device.
c.o.ke was, therefore, the first soft drink to be consumed in outer s.p.a.ce.
Ten years later, in 1995, CocCola developed and launched their first soda dispenser aboard another s.p.a.ce shuttle to supply Diet c.o.ke and Cla.s.sic c.o.ke for the astronauts.
Both the s.p.a.ce Can and the s.p.a.ce version of the soda dispenser were specially developed using advanced technology. Therefore, their prices were high.
However, CocCola had no plans to release the specially developed can or dispenser onto the market. These were solely used for their advertising campaign. It was a pity such special devices could be seen and known but could not be bought.
For a fanatic drink collector like Bauer, the s.p.a.ce Can was definitely a star amongst the other c.o.ke bottles. That was why Bauer would pay so much for a s.p.a.ce Can.
"We don't have the s.p.a.ce Can," said Hans. "But if you combine the worth of these bottles, their value should not be too far behind the s.p.a.ce Can. Mr. Sanders, they are all works of art with a long history. Our grandparents were not even born when they were created!"
Bauer narrowed his eyes and asked, "Okay, tell me how much you want for these bottles?"
"Forty thousand dollars for the 1922 Santa Claus bottle, and 2,000 dollars each for the first generation c.o.ke bottles," Hans said decisively.
Bauer shook his head. "No, that's ridiculous—"
"For an ordinary bottle, the price is outrageous. But these aren't ordinary bottles—they are century-old works of art!"
Hans held the Santa bottle in his hand and said, "Mr. Sanders, we did some research on this bottle, and currently you can only see it in CocCola's museum, not anywhere else."
Bauer replied, "Yes, that's without a doubt. But 40,000 dollars for a bottle like this? That's crazy!"
Li Du said, "The weather is very hot today—let's calm down and take a step back. How about 30,000 dollars for it?"
Bauer tapped his fingers on the table and said, "It's still too expensive—28,000 dollars is my best offer!"
Li Du and Hans made eye contact. "Since our friend treated us with such nice drinks, we accept the offer," Li said.
Bauer laughed and stretched out his hand. "Nice dealing with you, my friends."
Hans had a vigorous handshake with Bauer. "Thank you for buying our bottles. I can see the happiness in your eyes. The amount you spent is worth it."
Bauer guffawed at Hans's remark. "Of course it is—these s.h.i.+ny little things are adorable. They bring people joy, don't they?"
Out of the twelve bottles, ten of them were first generation c.o.ke bottles, and two were Santa Claus collector's bottles. These were sold for an amount of 70,000 dollars, out of which 14,000 dollars was from selling the first generation c.o.ke bottles.
Bauer transferred the money to Hans's account, and they shook their hands once more.
"Since you have such a huge collection of bottles, are you also looking for something to keep them in?" Hans asked as he sipped on his Ginger c.o.ke. "We have two automatic vending machines, are you interested in them as well?"
Bauer seemed to be interested. "What's the model?"
Hans replied, "Great model, it's the Peak s.h.i.+ft. I give them an eight out of ten. They're in perfect working condition."
Bauer finished his c.o.ke in one gulp and waved to them. "Come with me, I have something else to show you."
He brought the two into a room.
Inside the room, there were more than 40 vending machines neatly sitting by the wall, all labeled with the CocCola brand.
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