February 2024

The 2024 edition of ProCigar, the renowned cigar festival in the Dominican Republic, concluded with an elegant gala dinner featuring a humidor auction.
The auction lots collectively yielded $487,200 in sales, to be divided among various charitable organizations.

Additionally, attendees generously contributed $50,000 towards A Home for My Family, earmarked for constructing a new residence for an employee of the PDR Cigars factory.

As per tradition, ProCigar member companies, alongside contributors like Boveda and HumidifGroup, donated humidors for auction, with proceeds benefiting three charities: A Home for My Family, Hospicio San Vicente de Paúl, and Voluntariado Jesús con los Niños.

Auction Highlights

Lot 1 — Arnold André ProCigar Humidor

This humidor, crafted by Marc André, a distinguished German maker (no relation to Arnold André), offers storage for up to 250 cigars. Accompanied by 100 cigars, including 50 each of Carlos André Airborne and Cast Off, it features Marc André’s innovative Hydrocase humidification system. Price: $3,400

Lot 2 — Welcome Dinner Live Painting

Raíces Aromáticas by Feliberto Pichardo Measuring 50 x 70 inches, this captivating painting, titled Raíces Aromáticas, was created live during the welcome dinner, capturing the essence of the event as guests arrived. Price: $3,500

Lot 3 — Montecristo Mar Azul Mega Humidor.

Tabacalera de García presents a striking one-off humidor inspired by the ocean. Housing 100 6 x 50 cigars crafted from a proprietary blend aged for six years, this humidor is a unique masterpiece. Price: $26,000. Additionally, a box of cigars from Tabacalera de García fetched $6,500.

Lot 4 — Davidoff The Monolith Humidor.

Crafted from a single piece of moca creme limestone, this humidor features an “odorless” interior, likely made of Okuma wood. Finished in Italy and equipped with two humidifiers, it comes with 120 toro cigars, likely from the upcoming Davidoff Maduro line. Price: $35,000

Lot 5 — La Aurora Tesoro Centenario Humidor

In celebration of La Aurora’s 120th anniversary, this humidor showcases the limited edition Preferidos No. 1 size. Accompanied by 120 cigars in their unique metal tubos, along with custom accessories from XIKAR. Price: $18,000. Additionally, a box of cigars from La Aurora sold for $5,500.

Lot 6 — Don Julio Mother of Dragons Humidor

De Los Reyes introduces the Don Julio Year of the Dragon 2024 line with a toro size release. This exclusive humidor includes 180 of these toro cigars, alongside 50 Year of the Dragon 2024 Lanceros and 40 Belicosos, with the latter two sizes being unique to this collection. Price: $65,000. Additionally, a bundle of cigars from De Los Reyes fetched $3,000.

Lot 7 — Tabacalera Palma Cigar Column Humidor

Crafted with smoked eucalyptus on the exterior and cedar on the interior, this floating humidor, crafted by Pinel et Pinel in Paris, France, comes with 120 cigars stored in drawers. Price: $25,000.

Lot 8 — Casa Carrillo Humidor

In honor of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.’s announcement renaming his Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. factory to Casa Carrillo, this exquisite humidor by Hernandez is crafted from mahogany, Okuma, and leather. Alongside the humidor, enjoy an ashtray, cigar cutter, and case, complemented by a selection of 75 cigars:
• E.P. Carrillo Edición Unica I: An unreleased cigar boasting a five-year-old wrapper and binders and fillers aged up to a decade.
• Perez-Carrillo Encore Black
• Perez-Carrillo Pledge of Allegiance 2023
Price: $25,000. Additionally, a bundle from E.P. Carrillo sold for $2,500.

Lot 9 — Fifty Years of Quesada Cigars Humidor

Marking Quesada’s 50th anniversary, this humidor holds a special blend created for the occasion, previewed at the company’s factory. Inside, discover 110 cigars, including 100 Toro Prensados (6 x 56) and 10 Perfectos (6 x 60), both in limited quantities. Price: $9,000. Additionally, a bundle from Quesada fetched $2,500.

Lot 10 — Casa Gómez Humidor

Celebrating La Flor Dominicana’s 30th anniversary, this Casa Gómez humidor boasts 200 cigars, including a blend of previous releases, some aged up to a decade, and the highly anticipated 30th Anniversary cigar. Crafted to resemble a traditional Dominican tobacco barn, the humidor features intricate painting by Wilson Eusebio. Price: $29,000. Additionally, a bundle from La Flor Dominicana fetched $2,800.

Lot 11 — Four Nights at Villas Tres Amarras

Returning to the ProCigar auction is Villas Tres Amarras, nestled along the secluded northern coast of the Dominican Republic. This beachfront getaway offers:
Accommodation for up to 10 guests
Five guest rooms
Beach bonfire, dinner, and live show
Movies under the stars
Karaoke and casino nights
Sea fishing for seven
Gourmet meal plan with open bar
Price: $12,000

Lot 12 — OpusX Serie Heaven and Earth Big B Humidor

A limited-edition French-made humidor from Prometheus, this exquisite piece was previously sold with 102 cigars but can accommodate up to 300. Only 100 numbered humidors were produced, each with an MSRP of $11,000. This particular humidor includes 100 Fuente Fuente OpusX ForbiddenX 13 cigars. Price: $75,000. Additionally, a bundle from Arturo Fuente fetched $15,000.

Lot 13 — Macanudo Poker Table Humidor

Crafted from reclaimed Spanish cedar, this unique humidor doubles as a poker table, featuring wood aged up to 50 years. Inside, discover 120 special cigars with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Indonesian binder, and fillers from Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Price: $28,000. Additionally, a bundle from General Cigar Co. sold for $1,500.

Lot 14 — ProCigar Humidor by Humidif & Robert Glick

Artist Robert Glick’s signature cigar band artwork adorns this custom humidor from HumidGroup, featuring storage for 132 cigars, likely representing each of Procigar’s 11 member companies. Complete with sliding trays, an ashtray, and desktop torch lighter, this signed piece is a collector’s dream. Price: $45,000

Lot 15 — Boveda 25 Anniversary Humidor

Crafted by Elie Bleu in collaboration with Boveda, this limited-edition humidor, specifically #5 of 25, holds 120 cigars from ProCigar members, alongside Boveda packs. Price: $45,000

Charities

Proceeds from the auction benefit charitable initiatives including “A Home for My Family,” which constructs homes for less fortunate employees of member companies, and supports Hospicio San Vincente de Paul and Voluntariado Jesus con los Niños, dedicated to providing care for the elderly and children in Santiago, respectively.

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