El Gigante: 19-foot long cigar sold to collector for $185,000

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A giant, 19-foot long cigar sold for $185,000. Photo courtesy CigarsDirect.com

CLEARWATER, Florida (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 the online cigar shop CigarsDirect.com. 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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