September 22, 2018
Latest News
Entertainment

Cigar box autographed by Fidel Castro sells for $27,000

Miami, Jan 11 (efe-epa).- A box of premium Cuban cigars autographed by Fidel Castro was sold at auction for $26,950, Boston-based RR Auction said Thursday.

The box contains 24 hand-made Trinidad Fundadores cigars and retains the original seal, the auction house said.

Castro (1926-2016) presented the box in March 2002 to philanthropist Dr. Eva Haller and his signature, written in blue ink, remains visible on the wood surface.

The box was sold along with a photograph of Castro giving it to Haller.

"Castro handed to me the box of cigars. He gave them to me, because I jokingly asked him for it, when others lit a cigar," Haller recounted in a 2002 letter.

"I told him, that if he signs the box, I will sell it and make lots of money. He thought that was funny," she wrote.

Trinidad cigars went into production in 1969 and were long used by the Cuban government as gifts for foreign heads of state. The island began to export the premium smokes in 1998.

"The cigars were an integral part of Castro's image and, as such, this signed box is a truly remarkable historical article," Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, said.

News history
Techno Parade blasts music through central Paris

Paris, Sep 22 (efe-epa).- Crowds of electronic music fans packed the banks of the River Seine in Paris on Saturday for the annual Techno Parade, which...

Belorussian snails glide to glory in village competition

Novoe Pole (Belarus), Sep 22 (efe-epa).- Residents of a village not far from the Belorussian capital put an escargatoire of snails head to head in a slow...

Merrymakers in Bavarian garb rush for seats at Munich's famous Oktoberfest

Munich (Germany), Sep 22 (efe-epa).- Thirsty revelers clad in traditional Bavarian garb raced through the entrance of Munich's world-renowned Oktoberfest...

Tapatour teaches Mexico to make rice as it's done in Castile and Leon

Mexico City, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- A rice dish that is traditional in the Spanish region of Castile and Leon was presented Friday in Mexico by Tapatour, a...

Jalisco folk ballet promotes respect for sexual diversity in Mexico

By Mariana Gonzalez

First-of-its-kind urban street art venue opens in Brussels

Brussels, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- A Belgium-based non-profit on Friday inaugurated a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary arts space designed to exclusively house...

Spain's parliament should appoint president of EFE agency, not government

Madrid, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- The president of Spain's international news agency EFE on Friday said that a new law should be passed enabling the country's...

Perrotin art gallery opens in Shanghai with solo Wim Delvoye show

Shanghai, China, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- More than 30 iconic pieces by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, spanning 15 years of his career and reflecting his long...

Ancient ruins of Phimai a popular tourist draw in northeast Thailand

Phimai, Thailand, Sep 21 (efe-epa).- Tourists in northeastern Thailand braved the sweltering humidity Friday to visit the centuries-old Khmer city of Phimai...

US announces cyber-strategy with emphasis on offensive measures

Washington, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a new directive designed to protect the US from cyberattacks that places the...

Ecuador promotes its trademark straw hats in China

Beijing, Sep 20 (EFE).- The Ecuadorian trade office in Beijing organized a fashion show on Thursday featuring male and female models wearing the brimmed...

Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin nominated for 8 Latin Grammys

Los Angeles, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- The Latin Recording Academy announced Thursday that J Balvin leads the Latin Grammys nominations, with a total of eight nods.

Tiny Alhambra folly becomes tourist attraction in southern Spanish town

Paradas (Seville), Sep 20 (efe-epa).- A couple who have spent the past 12 years building their dream home to resemble Andalusia's legendary castle-palace of...

Homeless babies, a stark, everyday reality blighting the streets of Paris

Saint-Denis (France), Sep 20 (efe-epa).- Paris, the eternal city of light and romance hides, in plain sight, an obscure reality of homeless, pregnant...

Turkey celebrates 13th edition of Contemporary Istanbul

Istanbul, Sep 20 (efe-epa) Turkey launched the 13th edition of Contemporary Istanbul, an annual art fair, on Thursday, showcasing 84 contemporary art...

London museum to exhibit belongings, explore death of Russia's last royals

London, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- The Science Museum in London was on Thursday preparing to offer its patrons a glimpse into the opulent world of Russia's last...

True Detective's Cary Fukunaga becomes 1st American to direct James Bond

London, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- James Bond, Britain's most iconic secret agent, is set for an American makeover as producers announced Thursday the 25th edition...

Tokyo Game Show opens with focus on eSports, smartphone gaming

Chiba, Japan, Sep 20 (efe-epa).- The Tokyo Game Show, the biggest exhibition of video games in Asia, opened on Thursday with a focus on eSports, or...

Quiet town in north Spain rocked after 3 men shot dead in violent family feud

Madrid, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- The local government of the normally peaceful hilltop town of Cáseda in northern Spain declared three days of mourning Wednesday...

Sony announces PlayStation Classic, mini version of its iconic console

Tokyo, Sep 19 (efe-epa).- Japanese electronics giant Sony on Wednesday introduced PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of its iconic console released...

Alckmin: I'm horrified by Bolsonaro running mate's statement

Sao Paulo, Sep 18 (efe-epa).- Brazil's Social Democratic presidential candidate, Geraldo Alckmin, said Tuesday he was "horrified" at the remarks of...

Penelope Cruz: I want to work with Ryan Murphy again

Los Angeles, Sep 18 (efe-epa).- Actress Penelope Cruz, after "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" took this year's Emmy for the...

Mexico remembers Leon Felipe as symbol of the Spanish exile

By Isabel Reviejo

Austrian sanctuary for former lab chimps faces closure over funding shortage

Gänserndorf, Austria, Sep 18 (efe-epa).- An animal sanctuary in Austria that has been caring for chimpanzees that were used in scientific experiments faces...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.