The Golden Eagle
When I first saw the picture of that massive gold and diamond eagle statue that is valued at £3.9 million I was intrigued. This eagle is now the largest gold and diamond sculpture and the third gold sculpture in the world. But the story behind it is very touching.
The Golden Eagle was commissioned by Ron Shore, a treasure hunt expert and philanthropist from Canada with the aim to create the most unique treasure in the world. He created it with two things in mind; commemorating his sister, who died of breast cancer two days after giving birth to his niece and donating the money from the sculpture to cancer research once sold. In his words “I made a promise that I would do whatever I could to strike the biggest possible blow in the fight against breast cancer. The sale of the Golden Eagle, will help make that happen”.
He did not spare resources nor time in assisting creating this piece. The sculpture, which is hand crafted, is built of 18ct and 14ct white gold, 14ct yellow gold and for the base 10ct yellow gold was used. The head of the eagle is set with 763 round brilliant cut diamonds And the eyes are set with two pear-shaped diamonds. Above the base is the 12.72ct “Atocha Star” emerald, the Spanish treasyre gallon that was lost in 1622 and recovered in the 1980s from The Atocha.
Though beautiful creation and a thought down to the last detail, the story behind it all is what makes it so special. My father died of cancer. I hope the money raised from this sculpture will ensure no other person would.