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Dreams of Cigar Unicorns

Cigar auctions offer rare items to connoisseurs and collectors
By Gordon Mott | From The Rock, January/February 2021
Dreams of Cigar Unicorns
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A box of original 40th Anniversary Cohiba Behikes from 2006 commanded $156,000 at auction, while the Cohiba 30th Anniversary humidor sold for $52,000 and the Cohiba 30th Anniversary jar for $7,200.
Do you wake up in a cold sweat, dreaming about smoking a 1492 from one of the 500 humidors released in 1992? Or getting your hands on a Dunhill Estupendo from the 1980s? Or just imagining a pristine box of Cohiba Behike BHK 52s from 2010, when it was named Cigar of the Year, sitting in your humidor? Those cigars have come and gone at auction in the United Kingdom, and if money is no object, they could be yours, assuming they ever come back up for sale. The 1492 went for $31,000 for the box of 50 back in 2018, averaging out to $637 per cigar. The Dunhill Estupendo exceeded that price per cigar back in 2012. Six loose Estupendos sold for the equivalent of $1,077—each—…
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