A Florida-based cigar dealer really hit the jackpot with one of his most recent sales.
A Westchase, Fla., man managed to make a cigar sale for $185,000 on a rare cigar aptly titled the #5 El Gigante. The cigar is almost unheard of in size, measuring nearly 19 feet long, and was sold last week to an unidentified buyer to add to his/her private cigar collection. The El Gigante weighs approximately 1,600 pounds and is made with enough tobacco to produce 25,000 normal-sized cigars.
The monstrous smoke will soon be shipped out of the country to the new owner’s home.
Juan Panesson, the owner of CigarsDirect.com, made the oversized sale through his web site. And local paper The Tampa Tribune is reporting that the usual price for such a rare variety of cigar is actually closer to $200,000, but the seller offered the buyer a fairly generous discount for the El Gigante.
CigarDirect.com, according to UPI, specializes in rare and specialty cigars and related paraphernalia.
The real question is: How can the new owner even smoke such a cigar? It seems the item is more of a novelty than something to practically use, in which case it would seem that the bidder sent almost $200,000 up in smoke.