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Fidel Castro's Trinidads Up For Auction

Fidel Castro's Trinidads Up For Auction
The 24-count box of Trinidad Fundadores was presented to philanthropist Dr. Eva Haller by Castro when they met in Cuba nearly 16 years ago.

Cigar collectors and history buffs now have the chance to own a special box of Cuban cigars that came straight from the hands of Fidel Castro himself.

Boston-based RR Auction is currently accepting bids on a 24-count box of Trinidad Fundadores that was signed and presented as a gift by the late Cuban dictator in 2002. The online auction began on December 15 and will conclude next Wednesday, January 10. Currently, the highest bid is at $2,750.

The cigars were presented to philanthropist Dr. Eva Haller by Castro when they met in Cuba nearly 16 years ago. Included with the cigars is a photo of the Cuban dignitary signing the hinged wooden box with a blue felt-tip pen. The cigars have a box date of February 2002, but according to Bobby Livingston, the executive VP of RR Auction, these smokes are being sold as a historical artifact and are not intended for consumption.

Castro, right, signing the box of Trinidads before presenting it to philanthropist Dr. Eva Haller, left.
Castro, right, signing the box of Trinidads before presenting it to philanthropist Dr. Eva Haller, left.

Cuba’s Trinidad brand was originally commercially unavailable, reserved for diplomats and dignitaries, with the long-and-thin Fundadore being the only size. After Trinidad was released to the public in 1998, the brand expanded by adding a few more vitolas, only to contract afterward by deleting sizes in 2012.

RR Auction is also featuring a Cuban La Aroma de Cuba cigar gifted by Sir Winston Churchill to Welsh Liberal Party politician Roderic Bowen in 1954. In October 2017, RR Auction sold a half-smoked cigar that once belonged to Churchill for $12,262.

[Updated Jan. 11, 2018]: Fidel Castro's Trinidad Fundadores were sold at auction for $26,950. The box of cigars was initially valued at $20,000.