Cigar Labels Catch Fire

Among the top lots in yesterday's auction of Maps & Atlases, Books with Plates, Historical Prints & Ephemera was a large collection of printer's proofs of cigar labels from the early 20th century.

The archive from the American Lithographic Co. consisted of more than 500 folders, each containing successive proofs for a given label. Most were for inner labels on boxes, but there were also some for outer and side labels, as well as a few bands.

The lot sold for a whopping $15,600 (including buyer's premium).