Che Guevara’s personal fishing rod, regularly used by Commander Manuel Alvarez Montoya

SKU: PT6008

Sale price£6,950
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Che Guevara’s deep sea marlin fishing rod, borrowed on long loan by Commander Manuel Alvarez Montoya.

6 feet in length. Wood.

Montoya was a leading commander under Fidel Castro. He fished with Castro and Guevara in the 1960 Hemingway competition, captured in Albert Korda’s celebrated images.

Montoya won the fishing competition in 1965, the same year he rescued Guevara from his failed uprising in the Congo.

Montoya and Guevara remained close friends until Guevara left Cuba for Bolivia in 1966.


Acquired by the previous owner at the estate sale of Fidel Castro's mistress Natty Revuelta Clews, between December 2015 and July 2016.

The previous owner is British businessman Mr Gary Shannon, who knew the Castro family and their associates for 20+ years from circa 2000. Mr Shannon helped provide technology and communications infrastructure to Cuba.

The item formed part of Mr Shannon’s private Jagdamer Museum of Castro and Guevara memorabilia, from 2016 to 2020.

Natty Revuelta Clews (December 26, 1925 – February 27, 2015) was the mistress of Fidel Castro from 1955 until her death. Their daughter, Alina, was born in 1956.

Revuelta - a wealthy socialite - was instrumental in assisting Castro overthrow the Batista regime in Cuba.

Revuelta sold her jewels to support the Cuban rebels, helped plan the 26th of July Movement uprising in 1953 and, crucially, helped Fidel Castro co-ordinate the Cuban Revolution while he was imprisoned between 1953 and 1955, through exchanging secret messages with Castro.

The pair began their affair upon Castro’s release from prison in May 1955.

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