The featured smoke is a 10-year-old box of Partagas 150 Signature Series Don Ramon cigars, which went on the block starting at 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time with a starting bid of $1,000. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the American Red Cross.
The box was a gift from cigarmaker General Cigar Co. to Famous president Arthur Zaretsky in honor of his mother, Rose, who died at the age of 95 in May. "She was a very compassionate woman," said Zaretsky. "General Cigar and I couldn't think of a better tribute to my mother's memory than by donating this very rare box of cigars to [benefit] the victims of Hurricane Katrina."
General made only 1,000 boxes of the Don Ramons in 1995. The auction will run for a week, through Thursday, September 22.
To take part in the auction, go to www.CigarAuctioneer.com.