Morecambe’s boxing champ Tyson Fury set to bid £25k to buy biggest gold crucifix in UK

The Gypsy King says he is willing to splash the cash on the nine carat 9ins-long cross to stop it from being scrapped and to add to his collection of flash jewellery.

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

Andreo snapped up the crucifix in Birmingham’s iconic Jewelery Quarter as his nan was a devout Roman Catholic.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 23: Tyson Fury celebrates victory after the WBC World Heavyweight Title Fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

He hoped the item would attract the attention of sports stars like Fury when he revealed he was selling it with Hansons Auctioneers next month.

And the boxer took to Instagram on Thursday (August 18) to say he would step in to make a bid of £25,000 to save the piece of jewelry when it goes under the hammer.

He wrote: “Don’t know who owns this but seen it online. I will give £25k for it to save it from the skrap (sic) 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.”

Hansons Auctioneers’ trainee valuer Daniel Armstrong wears the chain. See SWNS story SWMRcross; The biggest gold crucifix and chain in the UK which weighs 1.5kg is set to fetch £30k at auction – with bling-loving boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua being offered first dibs.

Helen Smith, head of jewelry 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 hefty cross and chain, which together weigh around 1.5kg, will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on September 22.

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

Giant 1.5 kilo 9ct gold and cross chain, estimate £30k. See SWNS story SWMRcross; The biggest gold crucifix and chain in the UK which weighs 1.5kg is set to fetch £30k at auction – with bling-loving boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua being offered first dibs.

Andreo, a senior buyer, 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.

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

“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 AnthonyJoshua.

Hansons Auctioneers’ trainee valuer Daniel Armstrong wears the chain. See SWNS story SWMRcross; The biggest gold crucifix and chain in the UK which weighs 1.5kg is set to fetch £30k at auction – with bling-loving boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua being offered first dibs.

“I see it featuring on a program 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.

“I think it could be the biggest necklace of its kind in the UK.”

Helen Smith said: “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 honor his nan. It certainly deserves to go round the neck of a man who excels in sport or an important celebrity.

Hansons Auctioneers’ trainee valuer Daniel Armstrong wears the chain. See SWNS story SWMRcross; The biggest gold crucifix and chain in the UK which weighs 1.5kg is set to fetch £30k at auction – with bling-loving boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua being offered first dibs.

“Gold is sore 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.”

Helen Smith, head of jewelry and associate director at Hansons Auctioneers. See SWNS story SWMRcross; The biggest gold crucifix and chain in the UK which weighs 1.5kg is set to fetch £30k at auction – with bling-loving boxers Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua being offered first dibs.

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