They shook hands and the deal was done.
Li Du thought it was a good deal to sell the book for $14 million and donate $4 million to charity organizations, making a net profit of $10 million.
The two parties signed a draft agreement, and Bravo took the men back to raise money. The Audubon Society was rich, but they didn't have $10 million in cash.
Li Du invited them to have dinner together, booked them a hotel, and let them rest in Phoenix for a day. The next time they met, the deal would be officially sealed.
With some regret, Hans said, "Li, I could have sold this book for fifteen million, or at least thirteen!"
Li Du said, "What about the tax? How much tax would I pay? That's a better solution."
Hans shrugged and said, "You are right. This is the best way."
Taxes were high in the United States, and if they made a transaction of 10 million dollars and up, each side would have to pay at least a million in income tax.
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