Written by Barbara Toombs
Anything related to tobacco companies and their products is known as “tobacciana,” and cigar collectibles – like this cigar display case that sold at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction – are hot properties in that category.
Beautiful detail on a bronze art deco cigar ashtray from the 1920s, which sold for $5,750 at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction.
The term “man cave” was coined in the early 1990s, referring to a male’s “place of solitude” or the “last bastion of masculinity.” Whether a garage, a basement or a dedicated room in one’s home, the man cave remains a space where a man can be alone, indulge in hobbies or just hang out with male friends.
It’s no surprise that many items offered during Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auctions find their way into the décor of these male-centric spaces, from vintage gas pumps and neon porcelain car dealership signs to nostalgic soda memorabilia and antique toys.
This cigar vending machine from the 1930s-40s sold for $4,600 at the 2021 Las Vegas Auction.
It is a natural assumption that the occasional fine cigar might be enjoyed in such spaces as well, especially when you consider the rise in popularity of cigar lounges and “Cars & Cigars” events around the country in recent years. And that perhaps would explain the increasing interest in cigar collectibles on the automobilia stage, providing the perfect ornamentation for any cigar aficionado’s domain – whether male or female!
Historians generally believe the cigar was invented by the ancient Mayans, who would wrap the tobacco in a palm or plaintain leaf and smoke it; an ancient Mayan pot from the 10th century depicts a man puffing on one of these very early cigars. Synonymous with premium cigars, Cuba – with its fertile land and warm climate – become a very popular location to grow tobacco plants; sailing ships distributed Cuban tobacco from Europe to Asia. Later, Tampa, Florida, became a cigar hotspot, with many Cuban cigar-makers migrating there.
The cigar industry saw its biggest growth after the Civil War. At the industry’s peak, 40,000 cigar factories operated in the United States.
Cigars continued to grow in popularity all over the world, with the U.S. consuming approximately 300 million cigars by the middle of the 19th century. The cigar became a status symbol and a part of popular culture, with a lot of well-known names picking up the habit, from King Edward VII, Ulysses S. Grant and Sigmund Freud to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Jordan.
In the collector world, anything related to tobacco companies and their products is known as “tobacciana,” and cigar collectibles are hot properties in that category. And we’re not just talking the proverbial cigar store wooden Indian here, either (although one of those, from the 1930s, sold for $1,150 on the Barrett-Jackson block at the 2017 Scottsdale Auction).
This unusual smoke fan cigar ashtray from the 1930s brought in $4,025 at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction.
Highly sought-after cigar collectibles also include vintage cigar boxes to cutters, ashtrays, holders and more.Some prime examples of fine cigar collectibles that have sold on the Barrett-Jackson auction block include a magnificent art deco bronze rotating cigar ashtray, which brought the gavel down at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction in March and went to its new home for $5,570. At the recently completed Las Vegas Auction in June 2021, a unique cigar vending machine from the 1930s-40s brought in $4,600, while an unusual 1930s cigar store smoke fan ashtray sold for $4,025 at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction. During the 2018 Northeast Auction in Connecticut, a rare electric countertop cigar lighter from the early 1930s brought in $2,875.
Smoke ’em if you got ’em! Keep your eyes peeled for more of these unique cigar collectibles and many other authentic items that will be offered during the Automobilia Auction each morning at the inaugural 2021 Houston Auction, September 16-18 at the NRG Center.
For a look at automobilia items headed to the 2021 Houston Auction, click HERE.
Title: CARS AND CIGARS: A Match Made in Heaven When it Comes to Collecting
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Published Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2021 19:44:54 +0000
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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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