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Online Cigar Auction Features Vintage Cubans

- Cigar Aficionado

Gordon Mott
Posted: June 4th, 2015

Online Cigar Auction Features Vintage Cubans

A box of Cohiba Corona Especiales, each affixed with a King Juan Carlos of Spain band, will be up for auction.

London cigar retailer C.Gars Ltd. will hold its second vintage cigar auction of this year on June 15. The auction, to be held at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, has more than 300 lots up for sale, which are available online for pre-auction bidding. Buyers who cannot attend the auction will also be able to place bids live online when the sale begins at 2 p.m., London time.

Some of the more unusual and eclectic highlights include pre-embargo Cubans, such as a cabinet of 50 H. Upmann Perfectos originally made for The Chicago Club with a pre-sale estimate of £6,000 to £8,000 ($9,216 to $12,289); a 50-count cabinet of Hoyo de Monterrey Nacionales estimated to bring in £5,000 to £6,000 ($7,681 to $9,216); a cabinet of 100 Ramon Allones Coronas de Lujo estimated at £12,000 to £14,000 ($18,485 to $21,508); and a cabinet of 100 Romeo y Julieta Coronations de Luxe with a pre-sale estimate of £10,000 to £12,000 ($15,365 to $18,485).

Mitchell Orchant, managing director of C.Gars Ltd, said that interest in the auction is already extremely high. Since the last auction in February, Orchant said he has been receiving calls from collectors for the date of the next auction.

"I can only tell you that we were achieving excellent prices in the February 2015 online auction so I would expect this auction will see similar results," he said. Orchant added that there's a strong lineup of Cuban Davidoff cigars in the auction, including lots of chateau series and Davidoffs No. 1 and No. 2.

At 19 scheduled lots, there will be no shortage of Cuban Davidoff cigars. One of the priciest Davidoffs going on the block is a box of 10 Davidoff 80th Aniversarios that will probably sell for £3,000 to £3,500 ($4,608 to $5,376).

Although there are 19 lots listed under the catalog's Dunhill section, they consist mostly of third-party Dunhill Seleccion cigars, like Dunhill Seleccion H. Upmanns and Dunhill Seleccion Montecristos, rather than cigars under the Dunhill proper brand. There is, however, a box of 25 Dunhill proper Tubos, circa 1980s, estimated to command between £2,000 to £2,500 ($3,000 to $3,839).

Other featured lots include a box of 25 Cohiba Lanceros, circa 1980, for £4000 to £5000 ($6,145 to $7,681), and a diplomatic box of 25 Cohiba Corona Especiales, each affixed with a King Juan Carlos of Spain band. The box is estimated to close at £3,000 to £4,000 ($4,608 to $6,145).

There are also plenty of more recently produced cigars from the 1990s, and regional and limited-edition cigars rolled in the last 15 years. There are a few bottles of older rums, as well as box of Macanudo Petit Coronas from the 1970s.

- Cigar Aficionado
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