Che Guevara cigar box to auction at Mullocks

A cigar box belonging to Che Guevara will be sold at Mullocks in Shropshire, UK on March 1.

The lot is expected to make around ?�10,000-12,000 ($14,500-17,398).

Guevara cigar Mullocks
Che Guevara was given the box as a birthday present

Guevara was presented with the box by members of the Cuban government on his birthday in 1963.

After the Cuban revolution (1953-1959), Guevara served a number of administrative roles; including as president of the national bank and minister for industries.

It's inscribed: "To the Minister Of Industry Commandant Ernesto Guevara of the Sema - CHE - We wish you much happiness on your birthday."

Two years later Guevara left to ferment revolution abroad in Africa and South America, an endeavour that proved unsuccessful.

He was killed in Bolivia in 1967, while trying to bring down Rene Barrientos' US backed military government.

Ben Jones of Mullocks told the Shropshire Star newspaper: "We are extremely excited to be able to offer this truly fantastic piece of memorabilia, to our knowledge this is the first time that one of Che's personal possessions has been offered for sale.

"Items relating to this period of Cuban history rarely appear on the market. We have only handled one Che Guevara signed photo in the last 10 years."

Guevara memorabilia is in huge demand, with a lock of his hair selling for $100,000 in 2007.

In 2012, Paul Fraser Collectibles sold a historically important Cuban revolutionary flag signed by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

We have this Fidel Castro signed document for sale.

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