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Vintage Cigar Auction Puts Pre-Embargos On The Block

- By Gordon Mott
Cigar Aficionado

A box of 250 Romeo y Julieta Invencibles
A box of 250 Romeo y Julieta Invencibles, which have an estimated selling price of between $41,550 to $49,100.

Vintage Cigar Auction Puts Pre-Embargos On The Block

A box of 250 pre-Cuban embargo Romeo y Julieta Invencibles. A box of 25 Cohiba Lanceros Presidencias, a special packaging from 1988. A box of 10 Dunhill Estupendos.

Those cigars are just a few of the highlights from the upcoming winter auction at C.Gars Ltd, one of the leading tobacconists in London. The live auction will be held at 2 p.m. on November 30 at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge. Online bidding for the 359 lots began this week; the lots can be viewed online at onlinecigarauctions.com.

This is the 16th cigar auction held by C.Gars Ltd, which is one of the few establishments in the world still conducting vintage cigar auctions.

The line-up of pre-embargo cigars is particularly strong for the auction. Besides the 250 Romeo y Julieta Invencibles, which have an estimated selling price of between $41,550 to $49,100, the lots include a humidor of 50 Montecristo No. 1 cigars ($8,300 to $9,100), a Ramon Allones Club Cabinet of 100 cigars ($15,000 to $18,000) and a Flor de Allones Director's Choice, 50 cigars valued at $9,800 to $11,300.

There is also an extensive line-up of Cohiba cigars, starting with the Lanceros Presidentes, which have a special label. There are 36 Cohiba lots in total, with two Siglo X anniversary humidors (one has a partial collection of the 90 original cigars), four boxes of Cohiba Esplendidos, two of them from 1991. There are three boxes of the Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reservas.

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Cuban Davidoffs are well-represented in the auction. There are 23 lots ranging from a full box of 25 Dom Perignon from 1988, for $7,100, and a 1986 box of 10 80th Aniversarios for about $4,500. There are a handful of full boxes of Chà‚teau series, all from the mid- to late-1980s.

Dunhill, another favorite of collectors, has 11 lots in this auction. The box of Estupendos is estimated to bring in around $4,500. There is also a partial box of 23 Dunhill Don Candidos No. 506, from the early 1980s, that has a pre-sale estimate of $4,500. Other cigars under the Dunhill name are special boxes of brands that were made exclusively for the Dunhill tobacconists.

More than 50 other cigar brands are included in the auction, everything from Jamaican Macanudos and Maria Guerrero to Por Larraǹƒaga and Sancho Panza. Pre-sale prices for cigars from more recent production years seem to be quite reasonable. All prices listed are converted from British pounds at the current exchange rate.

This article first appeared in the November 18, 2015 issue of Cigar Insider.

- Cigar Aficionado
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