Ladner resident Ron Shore says he was transporting the Golden Eagle from a display at the Vancouver Convention Centre to his home in a backpack when he was robbed in late May.
“After putting everything that I own including the mortgage on my house in to this eagle, I have very little money left over, and that is the amount I am able to offer at this time, and even that amount has to be borrowed.”
He says he was transporting it in a backpack on advice not to draw attention to the sculpture.
Shore says he invested everything he owns in the statue, valued at seven million dollars, as the inspiration for raising money for cancer research.
Shore says the statue is insured, but refused to say for how much.
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“I’ve been told by a number of policeman that is may well have already been melted down, and if that is the case, my heart would be crushed,” Shore told reporters today.
He is defending himself from public criticism, insisting this is not an insurance scheme.
“Under no circumstances is this an insurance scheme or an attempt to recieve insurance funds. My entire is and always will be to recover the eagle safely.”
The statue is 18 pounds of solid gold with 762 karats of diamonds and a large emerald, and was sculpted by B.C. artist Kevin Peters.
Commissioned by Randy Shore, it was created to raise money in the fight against breast cancer in memory of his sister-in-law.
Shore’s website says funds raised from its sale were to be partially donated to research, and partially given to the winner of “The world’s greatest treasure hunt,” a competition also developed to help raise money and awareness around breast cancer.
The sculpture was stolen on the evening of May 29th, and the owner suffered minor injuries in the robbery.