Owner of ‘UK’s biggest gold chain’ with enormous crucifix begs Tyson Fury to buy it

The owner of the “UK’s biggest gold chain” with giant crucifix hopes Tyson Fury will buy it.

Andreo Montanino bought the cross for his gran after coming across it in the window of a gold bullion dealer.

He was devastated when he lost her 18 months ago, but couldn’t face handing over the huge piece of jewellery over to get melted down.

It is reckoned to be the largest in the UK, but will now be auctioned off to try and raise £30,000.

The heavyweight item is 1.5kg and will be sold to the highest bidder on September 22, NottinghamshireLive reports.

NottinghamshireLive reported the 9ct gold belcher chain has 28 13mm links and one is hallmarked ‘Sheffield 1997 JH & S’.

The 9ct gold crucifix is 316.7gms and 21cm in length, longer than an average adult male hand which is 19.3cm or 7.6ins.

Andreo, 33 from Trowell, Nottinghamshire, said: “My nan would have hated that [the jewellery melted down].

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

“She believed items like this, Jesus on the cross, was sacred and should be treated with the utmost respect.”

Andreo added: “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.”

He bought the item around three months ago and believes it should be bought by someone like Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King, who could wear it outside the boxing ring.

Fury announced his retirement from the ring after failing to reach an agreement to fight Derek Chisora for a third time.

The WBC have given Fury until August 26 to confirm his future plans.

It comes a matter of days after Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

Andreo said: “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’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 featured on a program like MTV’s Cribs or being bought by a famous basketball or NFL (National Football League) player.”

He hope the chain will find a good home because that is what his nan, who lived in Peterborough, would have wanted.

She was heavily involved with the Italian community and was religious.

Andreo said: “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,”

Helen Smith, head of jewellery at Hanson’s, 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 honour his nan. It certainly deserves to go around the neck of a man who excels in sports or an important celebrity.

“It’s really heavy so, if you plan to wear it for any length of time, you need to be strong. 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.”