December already?!

I’m finally getting back to ‘normal’ after a crazy week of Winter auction herfing that started with a fabulous pre auction herf at our offices last Sunday ( lost count of all the Champagne we went through but probably set a new office herf record) moved on to wonderful Ten Manchester street and finished with our mega 400 Lot auction at Boisdale Canary Wharf which had around a 92% sale rate.

The event was a cigars smokers herfing heaven with drinks, canapés and smokes on the cigar terrace before and after the auction and we were lucky enough to have dry and mild weather for the evening. This was a massive contrast to our last Winter auction at Boisdale Belgravia where we nearly froze to death !!! The auction room was packed to capacity with almost 100 bidders from all over the globe.

The canapés were delicious as expected from Boisdale as were the array of cocktails. We smoked our way through stacks of UK regional edition Por Larranaga Regalias de Londres and Juan Lopez Orchant Seleccion ( which are more or less sold out now although you may find an open cabinet in our retail shops) These 2008 Juan Lopez smoke like a dream, deeply complex and very well balanced. A smooth, full flavoured cigar with a rich colorado maduro wrapper. 

A few unsold Lots that are still open to offers include:

 11 Bolivar Gold Medals £2,300-£3300  
34 Medallion Petit coronas  £200-£250  
39 Montecristo no 2 £3000-£3500  
46 Partagas Belvederes £300-£340  
86 Siboney Coronas Tip no 3 £3000-£4000  
113 Cohiba Siglo IV £400-£550  
127 H.Upmann Especiales £100-£150  
148 Le Hoyo Des Dieux £240-£290  
236 Romeo  y Julieta Hermosos no.1 £300-£400  
237 Romeo  y Julieta Hermosos no.1 £300-£400  
252 Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure no.1 £130-£190  
299 Cohiba 40th anniversary humidor £950-£1150  
308 Trinidad 40th anniversary humidor £2600-£2900  

 309 ST DuPont Cohiba Gatsby Lighter £1350-£1650  
310 ST DuPont Cohiba Line 2 Lighter £1800-£2200  
312 ST DuPont Columbus 1492 lighter £1850-£2250  
313 ST DuPont Medici set £7750-£8750  
315 ST DuPont Trinidad Lighter  £1450-£1850  
316 ST DuPont Versailles set £5600-£7500  

317 Cohiba cigar case autographed by Fidel Castro £2200-£3200  
318 Cohiba humidor signed by Fidel Castro £44,000-£64,000  

324 Montecristo Limited Edition Humidor £3750-£4250  
333 Cohiba Lanceros with King of Spain Bands £850-£1100  
336 H Upmann Noellas jar £200-£250  
338 Hoyo De Monterrey Double Coronas £400-£500  
344 Punch Air France £500-£650  
351 H Upmann Preciosas £80-£100  
355 La Corona Menocales £140-£200  
356 La Corona Menocales £140-£200  
358 Maria Guerrero Cedros De Luxe £1200-£1600  
359 Modjosa Creolas £350-£450  
360 Modjosa Creolas £350-£450  
375 Romeo Y Julieta Cedros De Luxe no 3 £550-£750  
377 Romeo Y Julieta no 1 Tubed £400-£500  
399 Romeo Y Julieta Exhibition no 2 LE £500-£600

By close of business today we hope to have reported to all of the buyers as well as all of the sellers (a massive task I can tell you!) and that’s the end of auction season for this year.

Our next auction will be held in Summer 2012 and our auction website will of course be updated with further details.

We are of course happy to offer valuation, purchase and sale advice regarding vintage Havanas throughout the year but if you are thinking of entering Lots into the next auction, best advice is to get them to us no later than end of March.

So it’s back to business as usual from tomorrow and I expect to be herfing at Boisdale Belgravia on Tuesday and probably the Lanesborough later in the week.

So its December Christmas season again ( could be the fastest year I can ever remember) and here we are on Sunday working in both our warehouses with full Teams of staff coping already with more than double the usual amount of orders. In general terms if it’s on the websites- it’s in stock and we surely have the perfect gifts for the holidays for just about everyone ! stacks of presentation cases, Christmas cigar crackers, lighters, cutters and of course humidors for every budget. My Girls are always delighted to advise so don’t hesitate to give them a buzz or drop them an email.

Have a smokey week 

Peaceful puffing


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