Cuba cigar auction raises money for health system

HAVANA (AFP) - An auction of luxury cigar humidors in Cuba fetched US$1.1 million (S$1.4 million), which will go toward the public health system, the state news agency said Sunday.

The sale came at an international cigar festival attended by celebrities such as American actor Danny Glover and German tennis great Boris Becker, news agency Prensa Latina said.

Six fancy wooden humidors containing between 350 and 550 cigars each were sold at the auction Saturday night, the report said.

Glover received a silver sculpture in thanks for his support for Cuba and for his role in the "fight for peace and justice," the news agency said.