[quote="CatholicBoy1957, post:13, topic:232962"]
I'm trying to piece the story together by reading bits and pieces spread all over the internet. Some people claim the Pope had a second one made of aluminum, which was much lighter, because of his declining strength. Because I'm losing my strength, I have no problem believing it made a difference to the Pope. The problem with some of these stories is that they do not cite references for their comments.
You're right again. I also have researched that the Pope needed a "lighter" second crucifix as he aged, and likely that was the Singleton design (although I don't know why they just couldn't have cast the Scorzellli model out of aluminum).
Now, here's the confusing part, so far. Every picture of John Paul II holding a crucifix appears to show the Scorzelli design.
I haven't found a picture of John Paul II yet with a different crucifix design. Even when you go to the Shidoni website, the Singleton crucifix they offer does not match the crucifix (by Scorzelli) being carried by the Pope, see here:
Thus, even on the Shidoni site when offering Singleton's work, they appear to show the Scorzelli crucifix. Notice that the Singleton version (at least the one offered for sale by Shidoni), is smaller (only 12" high), it has an INRE placard at the top of the cross, the left foot rather than the right is on top, and other features about the angles of the head, limbs and cross are altered a bit). Shidoni even calls it an "impressionistic depiction."
I'm still trying to get to the bottom of this, and I have e-mailed Shidoni asking if they can send me a picture of the Pope holding the Singleton crucifix, and if they otherwise can explain the discrepancies in the Singleton crucifix they offer for sale and the one they picture with the Pope.
You've been great, so if you can provide further illumination, it would be appreciated. The $4,000 price is steep, but I would pay it if I was sure I was getting an authentic full-scale reproduction. So far, the piece they offer on the Shidoni site does not look like the right one.