Next week, the Dominican Republic’s annual cigar festival, Procigar, kicks off and that means next Friday, Manuel Quesada of Quesada Cigars and Michael Herklots of Nat Sherman will take the stage to host an auction that includes lots from the organization’s members.
There are 13 lots in total. The first two are pieces of art made by Dominican artists. Eusebio Hernández M. produced the first piece, which is actually a custom painted cigar box, portraying the people and city of Santiago.
The second lot is a custom painting, entitled Ensartadoras de Tabaco by the Dominican artist Sergio Taveras. Both lots have a reserve of $500.
Lot 3 comes from Arturo Fuente: four boxes of the company’s Don Arturo Gran AnniverXario Destino al Siglo. The opening bid is $1,000.
The fourth lot comes from Spanish-based HFBarcelona. It includes the company’s DPs humidor, Travel10 humidor, Pocket cigar case, Cinder ashtray, Blader cutter and Flame lighter. The reserve is $1,200.
Quesada is donating a special humidor with 100 cigars from the company’s Reserva Privada and Selección España line. The humidor will include a special version of the Quesada España Ninfa with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a cigar the company says has not previously released. The minimum bid is $1,500.
Lot 7 comes from Tabacalera Palma and pays tribute to the 80th anniversary of the company. It includes 80 cigars from the company’s factory, a La Galera ashtray and traditional cigar roller tools. The opening bid is $1,800.
The eighth lot is another special humidor, a replica of the original La Aurora factory. Inside are 90 La Aurora Preferido Diamond Editions. There are actually two humidors produce, one is made for the auction and the other will remain at the La Aurora Factory Museum. The humidor was produced by Zanwill International Inc. and has a reserve of $2,000.
La Flor Dominicana is creating two lots. The first, Lot 9, is a 100-count humidor of cigars rolled by co-founder Litto Gomez. That humidor will have a reserve of $2,000.
The second is entitled Humidor de Cigarros Artistic . The item is said to include cigars that are not available for purchase. There’s no word how many cigars are included in the humidor, but Lot 12 starts at $4,000.
Lot 10 is from Altadis’ Tabacalera de García S.A.. First up is an 80-count limited edition humidor of the Montecristo 80th Anniversary. The second half is a Dominican luxury package that includes a two-night stay at Casa de Campo and a round of golf at Teeth of the Dog, the legendary Pete Dye-designed golf course. The reserve is $2,200.
E.P. Carrillo is offering a special edition of its Ernesto’s Humidor release. The humidor includes 150 cigars: 50 of each of the three blends. It was produced by Zangwill Box Factory. The starting bid is $4,000.
Finally, Oettinger Davidoff AG’s Tabadom Holding, Inc. has created a special Davidoff Procigar Trunk Humidor. The one of a kind trunk includes boxes each of the company’s last four annual releases: Davidoff Year of the Snake, Year of the Horse, Year of the Sheep and Year of the Monkey. There’s also a box of Davidoff Oro Blanco, the cigar that retails for $500.
Opening bid is $7,500.
The auction will benefit two charities: Sociedad San Vicente de Paul, Inc. and Voluntariado Jesus con los Niños.
Hospicio San Vincente de Paul is a non-profit dedicated to providing care for the elderly of Santiago. Proceeds will help to complete the Golden Age Residential Center, an area that will care for 26 full-time residents and 12 more daytime patients. The project is being created so that the organization can charge for care to help pay for its charitable costs.
Voluntariado Jesus con los Niños is a non-profit dedicated to helping children and their facilities. It includes a children’s oncology unit, children’s burn unit and a nutritional program that helps to offset the effects of chemotherapy treatment.
Procigar 2016 kicks off this Sunday in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic before moving to Santiago mid-week.