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Red Auerbach’s Cigar Humidor, NBA Title Rings to Be Auctioned

Red Auerbach's 1957 NBA Title Ring
Red Auerbach's 1957 National Basketball Association title ring. Source: Brener Zwikel & Associates via Bloomberg

March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Red Auerbach’s championship rings and a team-signed cigar humidor are among the personal memorabilia of the late Boston Celtics Hall of Fame coach to be auctioned online.

Auerbach’s National Basketball Association title rings from 1957, 1962, 1974, 1976 and 1981 will be auctioned by SCP Auctions from April 15 to 30, the auction house said in a news release.

Known for often having a cigar in his mouth and lighting one up on the bench when victory was assured, Auerbach’s presentational humidor from the 1954-55 season, engraved with team signatures, is also up for auction, as is a 1950 Bob Cousy game-worn rookie jersey that belonged to Auerbach.

Auerbach, who died on Oct. 28, 2006, at age 89, coached the Celtics to nine NBA championships, in 1957 and from 1959 to 1966. He later became the team’s president and general manager. The first coach to win 1,000 games, Auerbach was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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