If you’ve never heard of C. Gars or their auctions, you are not alone. After all, most folks don’t have tens of thousands of dollars (or pounds, as this is a UK auction) to burn on ultra-rare cigars and humidors. Still, it sure is fun to read about how much money other people were willing to spend on some of these lots. Here is a rundown of some of the most jaw-dropping items to hit the auction block—and just how high the bidding went.
Based in the UK, C. Gars is able to freely auction off all kinds of Cuban cigars. Perhaps most notable among them was this 20-count box circa 1986. It was expected to fetch a tidy sum based on its country of origin and vintage alone, but if that wasn’t enough, it included a cigar tube autographed by Zino Davidoff himself. In the end, it wound up selling for £25,200, or roughly $34,945.
It’s hard to imagine a single stick causing a bidding war, but this Dunhill Estupendos did just that. These Churchill-sized smokes were rolled in the ‘80s and come in distinctive white tubes. Some have called them the most sought-after Churchill in existence, and after seeing what it sold for, it’s hard to disagree. Pre-auction estimates expected it to sell for £700, but bidders shattered that expectation. At the auction’s close, £1,100 (about $1,525) was the winning bid for this single, solitary cigar.
Not everything that was up for auction was from the 1980s. The Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reservas, for example, are just from 2009. Shockingly, a 15-count box of these 12-year-old sticks more than doubled the amount it was expected to go for. When all was said and done, these coveted Cubans (of which only 5,000 boxes were made) sold for £12,300, or $17,067.
If all of this seems a little too rich for your blood, we don’t blame you! At Best Cigar Prices, we’ve always prided ourselves in remaining affordable. So if you’d like some cigars without spending the price of a new car, check out some of our current sales!