$2.8 Million Cohiba Humidor Breaks Habanos Auction Record

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Hundreds of shimmering Swarovski crystals highlight the Cohiba 55 Aniversario nameplate set in this sumptuous humidor.

Another humidor auction record has been broken. Last week, at the Cohiba 55 Aniversario celebration in Havana, the hammer fell for a winning bid of 2.8 million euros (about $2.8 million), the highest bid ever placed for a cellar. cigars in the history of Habanos. The historic winning bid only confirms Cohiba’s enormous star power, as the previous record of €2.4 million, set at the 2020 Habanos Festival, was also for a Cohiba humidor.

Cohiba 55

Standing over 5 1/2 feet tall, this massive humidor can hold 550 Cohibas. It is made of cedar, juniper, okoumé and mahogany with mother of pearl inlays, and was designed by Nous Group and built by Humidores Habana.

The star of the auction was a huge humidor with 550 Cohibas, won by Jimmy Ng of Singapore, a world-class collector of Cuban cigars and a regular attendee of the Habanos Festival and other cigar events held in Cuba.

Cohiba 55

Led by Dalia Padilla (center), the auction finally stopped at 2.8 million euros, a new record for a single humidor sold at any Habanos auction.

The humidor is large, standing just over 5 1/2 feet tall, and is meant to evoke 1950s architecture. Its myriad cabinets, compartments, and drawers are designed to hold the 550 cigars — all Cohiba — that were part of the lot. It is an almost complete collection intended to highlight the reach of the brand. The batch includes limited editions, special releases and standard smokes from the regular production portfolio, including several (Ambar, Ideales and Novedosos) that have not yet reached the normal distribution chain:

Cohiba Behike
20 Behike BHK 52 (Cigar of the Year 2010)
20 Behike BHK 54
20 Behike BHK 56

Cohiba Linea Classica
35 Amber
20 Splendors
20 Lancers
20 Additional Pyramids
20 robustos

Cohiba Maduro 5
20 Maduro 5 Geniuses
20 Maduro 5 Magicos

Cohiba Linea 1492
20 Acronym IV
20 Siglo V
20 Acronym VI
20 Medio Siglo

Others
20 Talismán Edicion Limitada 2017
25 Additional Sublimes
25 Pyramids
25 Great Crown
20 Special Robustos
25 Robusto Supreme

20 1966 Limited Edition 2011
25 Novedosos
35 55 Anniversary Edición Limitada 2021
35 Ideal

Cohiba 55

Auction winner and cigar collector Jimmy Ng stands next to his new Cohiba 55 Aniversario humidor.

Although not technically a Habanos festival, the scaled-down event was held to celebrate 55 years of the Cohiba brand and incorporated many aspects of past festivals, such as the big night of gala and humidor auction. As with previous Festival auctions, proceeds are used to fund the Cuban healthcare system.

Read next: VIDEO: Unboxing the Cohiba 55 Aniversario Edición Limitada de Cuba

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