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Happy Birthday, Cohiba

Nearly 800 Cigar Aficionados Gather in Havana to Celebrate 30 Years of Cohiba Cigars
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Claudia Schiffer, Jul/Aug 97

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After the auction, Castro quickly rose to the podium. It was difficult to tell whether such a spectacle of pure capitalism unnerved the famous Communist or thrilled him. But he did point out that over the last four years, charity cigar auctions of humidors and boxes with his signature had raised about $1 million for Cuban medical relief. "This is something incredible," said Castro, almost out of breath from the exhilaration of the sale. "I have never seen anything like this. I have never seen an auction before. This has really made an impression." The leader of the Revolution then gave the auction his own historical perspective: "What was on my mind when my box sold for close to $50,000 was that one or two of those boxes would have paid for a large part of the Revolution when I was in the Sierra Maestra."

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