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Giant cigar that costs $185,000 sold to collector in Clearwater

4:16 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- 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.

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