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Cigars

Cigars have their origin in Central or South America. Mayan art dating to the 10th century shows a Mayan smoking tobacco leaves bound with string. The Mayan term for smoking, "sikar", may have evolved into the Spanish word "cigarro", from which the word cigar is derived. Cuba became the primary source for cigars in the 17th century, as its climate is ideal for growing all three types of tobacco leaves used in making cigars. While other parts of the world make cigars, Cuban cigars are still considered the best in the cigar industry.

Collecting items related to cigars falls in the category of Tobacciana for collectors. Cigar bands, boxes, labels, cigar cutters, and cigar advertising are all popular collectibles. Pre-Castro Cuban cigar items are especially popular with collectors as they are more difficult to find. Ashtrays, match boxes, lighters, and other smoking paraphernalia may also appeal to collectors of cigar related items.

One famous type of cigar advertising is the cigar store Indian. Used to identify cigar stores in the Victorian era, these statues were carved from wood and were often colorful and elaborate. Other figures were also used to advertise cigars, including Scotsman, gentlemen, Christopher Columbus, and Sir Walter Raleigh.


Quick Facts

  • Cigar labels and bands appeal to collectors because of their colorful lithographs and interesting designs. The first reference guide on cigar label art was published in 1949 by A.D. Faber
  • One of the largest collections of cigar boxes in the world is owned by Rupert Knowles, who also edits the "Price Guide of Cigar Label Art"
  • In 1988, a 5 foot tall cigar store Indian chief carved by Detroit carver Julius Melchers sold at auction for $44,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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5 PKS-SENECA CIGARETTES FULL FLAVOR –100S BOX
Jun 22, 7:00 AM PDT
5 PKS-SENECA CIGARETTES FULL FLAVOR –100S BOX
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Group lot of tobacco adverting items
Jul 10, 11:00 AM EDT
Group lot of tobacco adverting items
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Box with miscellaneous items
Jul 05, 10:00 AM CEST
Box with miscellaneous items
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €30- €90
€300 Bids
Lot of Antique Cigarettes
Jul 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Lot of Antique Cigarettes
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Rick Ross | Gary Loks Premium Cigars in Custom "Rick Ross" Branded Wooden Box
Jun 26, 10:00 AM PDT
Rick Ross | Gary Loks Premium Cigars in Custom "Rick Ross" Branded Wooden Box
by Julien's Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
9 ASSORTED CIGAR CASES
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
9 ASSORTED CIGAR CASES
by Dargate Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Cigars


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Potteries Auctions

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Bodnar's Auction Sales

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Dargate Auction Galleries

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Julien's Auctions