Fidel cigar box up for auction

Boston: A signed wooden box, containing a set of 24 cigars from the personal collection of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, is expected to fetch $20,000 at an auction in the US.

The Trinidad Fundadores cigar box retains its "Republica de Cuba" cigar warranty seal, which has been re-adhered to the cover.

The box contains 24 cigars, and is stamped on each end, "24 Fundadores", with a maker's mark on the bottom, "Habanos S A, Hecho en Cuba, Totalmente a mano".

The box is accompanied by an image of Castro signing it for noted philanthropist Eva Haller, according to the Boston- based RR Auctions.

"Castro handed to me the box of cigars. He gave them to me, because I jokingly asked him for it, when others lit a cigar," Haller wrote in a letter dated March 2002. "I told him, that if he signs the box, I will sell it and make lots of money. He thought that was funny," she wrote.

Trinidad Fundadores were exclusively produced for Castro. AP


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