Jewellery-loving Tyson Fury bids £25,000 to buy ‘biggest’ gold crucifix to stop it being melted down

Jewellery-loving Tyson Fury bids £25,000 to buy ‘Britain’s biggest’ gold crucifix to stop it being melted down

  • Gypsy King made the bid after spotting that Andreo Montanino had bought it
  • Andreo, 33, purchased nine carat 9ins-long cross in memory of his grandmother
  • As he knew the late devout Roman Catholic would not want it melted down 
  • And he hoped sports stars like Fury would want the gold chain and he was right

Jewellery-loving boxer Tyson Fury is preparing to make a £25,000 auction bid to buy the biggest gold crucifix in the UK to save it from being melted down.

The Gypsy King, 34, says he is willing to splash the cash on the nine carat 9ins-long cross to save it from the ‘scrap pile’ and add to his collection of flashy jewellery. 

Andreo Montanino, 33, originally bought the crucifix chain from Birmingham‘s Jewellery Quarter in memory of his late grandmother who was a devout Roman Catholic and would have thought it was a sacrilege to meltdown such an item.  

He hoped the ‘special’ piece would attract the attention of sports stars like Fury or Anthony Joshua, who have both been vocal about their religious beliefs, when he revealed he was selling it next month.

And the heavyweight champion, a Christian, said on Thursday he would step in to make a bid of £25,000 to save the piece of jewellery when it goes under the hammer with Hansons Auctioneers. 

It is a 9ct gold belcher chain which has 28 13mm links, one hallmarked ‘Sheffield 1997 JH & S’ and weighs 1,145gms in total. 

Jewellery-loving boxer Tyson Fury (pictured) is preparing to make a £25,000 auction bid to buy the biggest gold crucifix in the UK to save it from being melted down

Jewellery-loving boxer Tyson Fury (pictured) is preparing to make a £25,000 auction bid to buy the biggest gold crucifix in the UK to save it from being melted down

The 9ct gold belcher chain has 28 13mm links, one hallmarked 'Sheffield 1997 JH & S' and weighs 1,145gms in total

The 9ct gold belcher chain has 28 13mm links, one hallmarked ‘Sheffield 1997 JH & S’ and weighs 1,145gms in total

Fury wrote on Instagram: ‘Don’t know who owns this but seen it online. I will give £25k for it to save it from the scrap pile.’

Hansons Auctioneers shared the comment and added: ‘We’re thrilled that the legend that is Tyson Fury may want to buy this magnificent gold cross and chain to save it from being scrapped.’

Helen Smith, head of jewellery at Hansons, said: ‘Tyson Fury would be perfect as he is a devout Christian.

‘Like Andreo’s nan, he would appreciate the religious significance and symbolism of the item.’

The heavyweight legend took to social media after spotting the story of 33-year-old Andreo Montanino who bought the 1.5kg treasure in honour of his late nan

The heavyweight legend took to social media after spotting the story of 33-year-old Andreo Montanino who bought the 1.5kg treasure in honour of his late nan

Andreo, also a senior buyer at Hansons, from Trowell, Nottinghamshire, said: ‘My nan would have hated the idea of the chain being scrapped.

‘She was highly religious, a Roman Catholic who originated from Italy.

‘She believed items like this, Jesus on the cross, were sacred and should be treated with the utmost respect.

‘I lost her about 18 months ago. She was in her 80s. As soon as I saw that cross, it reminded me of her.

‘I had to buy it for nan. I had to save it from being melted down. I was in the right place at the right time.

‘I found it at a bullion place where people send gold to be scrapped and items are usually processed quickly.

‘That was three months ago. Now I hope bringing it to auction will help me find someone who will treasure it.

Helen Smith, head of jewellery at Hansons, said: 'Tyson Fury would be perfect as he is a devout Christian'

Helen Smith, head of jewellery at Hansons, said: ‘Tyson Fury would be perfect as he is a devout Christian’

The hefty cross and chain, which together weigh around 1.5kg, will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on September 22.

Fury wrote on Instagram: 'Don't know who owns this but seen it online. I will give £25k for it to save it from the scrap pile'

The hefty cross and chain, which together weigh around 1.5kg, will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on September 22

‘Because it’s so special, a showpiece, it would work well if it was worn around the neck of a famous boxer on the walkout to the ring, someone like Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua.

‘It’s perfect for a sportsman, celebrity or someone from the music world who likes to make a big statement, perhaps a rapper.

‘I see it featuring on a programme like MTV’s Cribs or being bought by a famous basketball or NFL player.

‘I really hope it finds a good home because that’s what nan would have wanted.

‘She lived in Peterborough and was heavily involved with the Italian community and the Catholic church.

‘I remember her buying a statue for her church. Religious icons were important to her.

‘She was a wonderful nan and as the first of her four grandchildren I had to do right by her.

‘It would be interesting to know who commissioned the cross originally. No-one I have shown it to has ever seen anything like it before.

‘I think it could be the biggest necklace of its kind in the UK.’

In this file photo taken in April, Britain's Tyson Fury (R) celebrates after knocking out Britain's Dillian Whyte in the sixth round to win their WBC heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in west London

In this file photo taken in April, Britain’s Tyson Fury (R) celebrates after knocking out Britain’s Dillian Whyte in the sixth round to win their WBC heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in west London

Ms Smith added: ‘I have never seen anything like this, or as big as this, before and we might not see anything like it again.

‘It’s extra special. The chain links are huge and quality workmanship has gone into creating the iconic religious imagery of the crucifix.

‘I love that Andreo bought this to honour his nan. It certainly deserves to go round the neck of a man who excels in sport or an important celebrity.

‘Gold is soaring in value at the moment so it’s a good investment piece too.

‘It deserves to remain intact – not melted down for scrap. Let’s hope we can save it for posterity -and Andreo’s nan.’

The hefty cross and chain, which together weigh around 1.5kg, will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on September 22. 

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