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Golden Eagle Fundraiser Lands In the City

The statue is being sold to raise money for breast cancer



    Golden Eagle Fundraiser Lands In the City
    The Maltese Eagle was created in an effort to raise money for breast cancer after Shores' sister-in-law passed away from breast cancer just two days after giving birth to her daughter. Shore is selling the Maltese Eagle for $5 million dollars with $1 million of the sale price being donated to the breast cancer charity of the buyers choice.

    A solid gold, jewel-encrusted "Maltese eagle" has arrived at San Francisco's John's Grill for a special showing as part of a breast cancer charity fundraiser.

    The eagle, formerly known as the "Golden Eagle," is a $5 million statue weighing 18 pounds and is thought to be the world's largest solid gold and diamond-encrusted statue, according to Lee Houskeeper, a publicist for  the restaurant.

    The statue's owner, Canadian philanthropist Ron Shore, plans to sell it and donate $1 million from the sale to breast cancer charities.

    The eagle arrived at John's Grill Friday night. under armed  police guard and will be displayed next to a replica of the Maltese Falcon statue seen in the movie of the same name.

    The birds can be viewed and photographed together at a special invitation-only "Birds of a Feather" benefit for the Friends of Faith, a breast cancer charity, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. 

     Members of the public can view the birds Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Dashiell Hammett Room of John's Grill at 63 Ellis St.

    John's Grill was mentioned as a setting in Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, "The Maltese Falcon." One of the older restaurants in San Francisco,  the restaurant maintains a room of historic memorabilia, including the falcon statue.

    Below is the pitch from the man selling the statue.