Associated Press Release
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A giant cigar sitting in a Clearwater warehouse has been sold for $185,000.
The cigar is 19 feet long and three feet wide. It's covered in 16,000 wrapper leaves -- enough to make 25,000 regular size cigars -- and weighs 1,600 pounds.
Juan Panesso runs an online cigar shop. He told the Tampa Tribune that a collector asked him to find the rare cigar, which was located in Miami. Panesso says the private buyer got a good deal on the cigar that had a recommended retail price tag of $200,000.
The cigar, called El Gigante (The Giant), comes in its own carrying case -- a 900-pound round wooden crate. It's sitting in a warehouse in Clearwater until Tuesday when it will be shipped to its new owner.