Sautter Humitrunks

7 Minute Read Founder of the eponymous London cigar store on Mount Street, the late Desmond Sautter was also a pioneer of cigar storage. It is only fitting that current owner, Lawrence Davis has collected a delectable range of ‘Humitrunks’; one-off vintage trunks, which have been converted into the ultimate humidors.

Moments after the gavel struck the wooden block to conclude the last lot of the evening in the much-hyped Jackie Onassis auction, held at Sotheby’s New York in 1996, their scandal-hit former auctioneer and CEO Diana Brooks said from the podium: “I hope you like cigars”. Little did she know it was to American publisher and founder of Cigar Aficionado magazine, Marvin R. Shanken. Bypassing his limit considerably, he secured JFK’s walnut Dunhill humidor for a whopping $575,000. A present to mark JFK’s inauguration in 1961, the detail that his right-hand man Pierre Salinger successfully secured 1,200 puros hours before signing the trade embargo with Cuba in 1962, puts JFK alongside Churchill as the greatest cigar-smoking statesman of all-time.


Freddie Anderson


June 2022


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