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How much would you pay for a “Jordan cigar?”

A New York-based auction house is offering an unusual piece of sports memorabilia. A cigar that Michael Jordan smoked.

Lelands, which specializes in sports memorabilia is running the action. The cigar was obtained by the consignor when she met the former NBA star at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in fall 2021.  She asked him for a photo.

“Before taking the photo, he put out his cigar in the ashtray, snapped a quick picture and went about his day. After noticing Michael had left his cigar in the ashtray, our consignor decided to take the cigar along with her,” the item description reads.

The half-smoked cigar is an Oliva V Melanio, manufactured in Nicaragua and made with Cuban seeds.

The auction opened Thursday with a starting bid of $500.

Did you know? Michael Jordan is putting his money where his mouth is. Making a substantial donation to open not one, but two new health clinics in North Carolina. The NBA legend is donating ten million dollars to open the clinics in partnership with Novant Health.

The clinics are set to open early next year and will provide services to those who are uninsured or underinsured in his hometown of Wilmington.

Back in 2017, he donated $7 million for a similar facility in Charlotte.  “I am very proud to once again partner with Novant Health to expand the Family Clinic model to bring better access to critical medical services in my hometown,” Jordan says. “Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live, or whether or not they have insurance.” He goes on to note that “it’s truly gratifying to be able to give back to the community that supported me throughout my life.”

Link: UPI