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An all-inclusive vacation with premium airfare to Casa de Campo to play two rounds on Pete Dye’s renowned Teeth of the Dog course went to David Nolan of Millennium Management for $20,000. The lot also included a handcrafted humidor with the first production of 100 cigars of the Montecristo #2 New York Connoisseur Edition and was provided courtesy of Javier Estades of Altadis USA.
A bottle of 44-year-old Gold Bowmore single-malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1964 and donated by Gerry Ruvo, CEO of Campari, made up the next lot and was also bought by Nolan, this time for $10,000. NetJets provided a five-hour flight package in a Cessna Citation Sovereign as the next lot, which was snapped up by David Trone, a founder of Total Wine & More.
Lot seven, donated by Larry Schwartz, president of Diageo North America, was a special tasting with a Master of Whisky and 20 guests at the winner’s home to sample the Johnnie Walker portfolio of the Blue, Gold, Green, Black and Red Labels. The chairman and CEO of the Charmer Sunbelt Group Charlie Merinoff took the lot for $18,000.
Another golf package, this one a five-day stay for two at The Breakers in Palm Beach with unlimited golf at its two courses, plus a selection of 288 cigars from Ashton, was donated by David Burke, vice president of the resort, and Levin of Ashton. Levin took home his own prize for $18,000.
Jim Clerkin, president of Moët Hennessy provided lot ten, five days of golf and single-malt Scotch with Glenmorangie. Gelband and three of his guests will tour the Highlands distillery as well as other points of interest and play two rounds of golf. The package, which went for $32,000, also includes six bottles of Glenmorangie, including a 25-year-old and the new expression Artein.
Exclusive membership at the Grand Havana Room in New York and Beverly Hills, courtesy of its president Stan Shuster, was the basis for the next lot, which also included a dinner for eight with wines donated by Shanken and his wife, Hazel, and a box of Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars. William Sherman, executive vice president of Nat Sherman, bid $22,000 to join the cigar club.
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