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Cigar smoke fills the warm Miami air as it drifts out over the river. This, combined with the soothing sounds of smooth jazz and laughter, make for a pleasant and relaxing evening. This is Montecristo Marina, hosted by the Montecristo Social Club as part of the international art fair, Art Basel Miami.

Held Saturday Dec. 8 at The Wharf Miami, one of the most popular event spaces in South Florida, this pop-up event had it all: live music, cigar rolling, delicious spirits, friends, live art, and, of course, plenty of Montecristo Cigars.

The main cigar of the evening was the Montecristo Epic. This highly rated super-premium cigar is valued for its artisan quality, with each box inspected and signed by the artist. The main event of the evening was the auction of a one-of-a-kind Montecristo Icon humidor, which was hand-painted during the event by artist Ruben Trespalacios, who hails from Colombia and is known for his flair and use of vibrant colors.

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Artist Ruben Trespalacios signs the finished humidor

“The art of handmade premium cigar making is a time-honored tradition that dates back many generations,” said Rob Norris, president of Altadis U.S.A.’s premium cigar division and maker of Montecristo. “We are excited to celebrate this art form during Art Basel, which has become the epicenter of the arts in the Americas.”

Along with Norris, also in attendance was Tabacalera USA’s CEO, Javier Estades, the head of product capability, Rafael Nodal, director of brand marketing, Rick Alvarez, Gabriel Pineres, and many others from the Montecristo team.

This event was part of a larger festival called Art Basel Miami where art galleries from all over the world are displayed for a long weekend. There were over 200 of these galleries this year, with art from over 4,000 artists, including photography, film, digital art, sculptures, and paintings. This festival is also celebrated in Basel, Switzerland, and Hong Kong, China.

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Unique Montecristo humidors
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The finished Icon humidor

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Ruben Trespalacios works on the Montecristo Icon Humidor
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