Modern day “Maltese Falcon” and 400 Year Old Treasure To Be Sold - Million Dollars from sale to be Donated to Breast Cancer Research

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Benefactor Sought to buy Solid Gold Masterpiece with Four Hundred Year History to Raise One Million Dollars for Cancer Research. Largest Solid Gold Statue of its Kind, “The Golden Eagle”, Being Sold to Make a Difference in Memory of Philanthropists’ Sister who died From Breast Cancer Just Two Days after Giving Birth to her Daughter.

The Golden Eagle is thought to be the third largest solid gold sculpture in the world weighing 18 pounds of solid gold.

The Golden Eagle is the closest anyone has come to recreating the mystery and majesty of the fabled Maltese Falcon,” commented one person at a recent showing. The Golden Eagle was commissioned by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ron Shore in an effort to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer after he lost his sister in law to the disease, just two days after giving birth to his niece. Shore has launched a worldwide initiative to find a benefactor to buy the piece and have the net proceeds donated to breast cancer research.

The eagle has an unexpected real life connection to the fabled Maltese Falcon going back 400 years. In the story “The Maltese Falcon”, the fabled bird was supposedly stolen from a Spanish treasure galleon off the coast of Spain in the Middle Ages. The real life statue “The Golden Eagle” includes the massive 12.72 carat “Atocha Star Emerald” which came from a Spanish treasure galleon after sitting at the bottom of the ocean for almost 400 years.

The Atocha Star Emerald was recovered by Mel Fishers Treasures of Key West Florida in 1985. The Atocha Star Emerald is the largest cut emerald from the 13,500 carats recovered so far from the shipwreck. It is particularly unique because Mel Fishers wife, Deo, provided the emerald to Mr. Shore to raise funds for cancer research shortly before her death from cancer.

The Golden Eagle is one-of-a-kind and is thought to be the third largest solid gold sculpture in the world weighing 18 pounds of solid gold. The eagle is hand-crafted in 18kt white gold, 14kt white and yellow gold and 10k yellow gold and took more than 4,000 hours to create with a team of more than 40 from around the world. World renown craftsmen who have created pieces for the likes of the Saudi and British Royal families were intricately involved in the design and finishing of the piece. Its head is pave set with 763 round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 56 carats, its eyes are two 1.1 carat perfectly matched pear-shaped brilliant cut diamonds bezel set in white gold. Cradled above the yellow gold base is the incredible 12.72 carat Atocha Star Emerald.

“My hope was to create one of the world’s most unique and valuable treasures, and then donate the proceeds from its sale to help fight cancer,” commented Shore. “The eagle represents power and strength to overcome any obstacle,” said Shore who lost 17 close friends and family in a four year period and was himself almost killed in a major car accident eight years ago. “When the accident happened I said if I live, I need to make a difference before I die. When Gabi, my sister in law, passed away from breast cancer just two days after giving birth to my niece I chose to make breast cancer research the area that I would make a difference in.”

In addition, Shore has earmarked a substantial finder’s fee to anyone or any business which can help facilitate the sale of The Golden Eagle and introduce this spectacular masterpiece to its eventual buyer.    

Shore has set the selling price at 5 million dollars. From the sale: 1 million dollars will go directly to the cancer charity of the buyer’s choice. 1 million dollars will be given to the winner of “The World’s Greatest Treasure Hunt” a real treasure hunt for a million dollar prize where 100% of the net proceeds go to cancer research (, the remainder will go towards an effort to raise an additional 24 million dollars for cancer research.

Prospective buyers and members of the media who wish to learn more are invited to contact Shore at 1-604-857-2488 or email at Ron(at)GreatHunt(dot)com.

More information and a spectacular video of the Golden Eagle, and more about the remarkable story behind Shore’s treasure, is available at:

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