Published by Alma
By Prensa Latina
An auction of Habanos cigars raised today one million 255 thousand euros for the bidding of seven lots made up of tobacco humidors (container to keep cigars fresh) beautifully made by Cuban artisans.
The contest was made up of the humidors Bolivar, H.Upmann, Hoyo de Monterrey, Romeo y Julieta, Partagás, Montecristo and Cohiba, pieces decorated with fine woods of this island, silver and filled with the most valuable cigars of the country.
Of these lots, the most impressive was that of Cohiba, made by artisans of the group of creators Humidores Habana, with 20 drawers and 580 cigars of this brand.
This piece reached 380 thousand euros, paid by the Canadian Leander D’Silva. The amount of the bid, as a tradition of these festivals, goes to the Cuban health system.
The auction took place in Pabexpo fairgrounds in this capital as a closing of the 19th Habano Festival, which lasted five days.
This closing lasted until the early hours of Saturday, enlivened by Cuban musicians such as Haila, David Torrens, the quartet A otro tiempo, and Ballet Lizt Alfonso, among other artists.
In addition, the spectacular performance of the Hispanic-Armenian violinist Ara Malikian and his group, who worked with the American rock band Metallica, took place.
The winners of the Habano Prize of the Year were also announced. The Cuban Josefa Acosta Ramos was awarded in the category of Production, the British Erdward Sahakian in Business and the American Gordon Mott in Communication.
This recognition is granted by the international corporation Habanos S.A., who have a distinguished performance in the promotion of Cuban tobacco in the world.
This edition of the Habano Festival was attended by two thousand people from 50 countries, who toured plantations and tobacco factories, in addition to participating in talks, tastings and product presentation.
The event was dedicated to the brands H.Upmann, Quay D’Orsay and Montecristo.