‘UK’s biggest cross and chain’ Tyson Fury wanted to buy fails to sell at auction

A monster gold cross pendant a bloke bought in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter because ”it reminded him of his nan” has failed to sell at auction despite a £25,000 pledge from boxing hero Tyson Fury.

Andreo Montanino, 33, bought the huge piece of jewellery described as “Britain’s biggest gold cross” because his gran had been a devout Roman Catholic.

He explained: “My nan would have hated that [the jewellery be melted down]. She was highly religious, a Roman Catholic who originated from Italy."

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

“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."

But he later decided to sell it, saying: "I hope bringing it to auction will help me find someone who will treasure it. 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 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."

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The item, over eight inches in length, went up for auction last week, with Hansons Auctioneer’s estimating its value at £30,000.

Tyson Fury had already expressed an interest in the half-pound pendant, telling his Instagram followers in August: “Don’t know who owns this but seen it online i will give £25k for it.”

But the cross and chain failed to meet its reserve price, and Andreo’s quest for a “sportsman or celebrity” who will treasure it continues.

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