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Seller Story: Dr. Robert H. Schuller – Boulder, CO


“Dad was considered Hollywood’s pastor because he came on the air when few other ministers were using the television medium for communication. He was so believable and approachable about faith that people trusted him. Celebrities wanted to worship in private so others wouldn’t gawk and bother them in the brick and mortar church. They loved Dad.

His library was where our family gathered on Christmas morning. Many of the items in this sale dressed that atmosphere. The leather club chairs were loved by all, including the grandkids who would tilt them back so that the wheels stuck to the side and the “back” of the chair became the seat flush to the floor. The wingback chairs flanked his desk where his letter openers and silver plate phone covers would live. Calls from U.S. Presidents, correspondence with church matters, many of his letters with Billy Graham and celebrities were read and kept in this area.

We could not go to a dinner out without multiple people approaching for a handshake, a hug, an autograph. Many times, we just wanted Dad to ourselves. Once, we were at the San Bernardino mountains and my sister and I disguised him in a Russian hat, big sunglasses, and an oversized parka hoping we could walk the shops in private. People still knew him, and we all had a great laugh because he was a bit embarrassed at his get-up.

He had privacy overseas, and this was where he could peruse antique shops and began collecting his chattel. Celebrity life is challenging but it’s also very rewarding, particularly when you are able to be there, spiritually and emotionally, for others who want access to spirituality but who have a hard time trusting the motives of the public [or being taken advantage of because of their fame, status, or wealth]. He was a safe place for high-profile people to go to with questions and Dad would go to them when they were not “presentable” for the public — when they were sick or dying. Dad’s life was a privileged one, not because of his access to fame and success, but because of his access to those moments when people need to be known and heard and hovered over, so that loneliness and the fear don’t alienate them from God.” –Carol Milner, daughter

Seller Story: Dr. Robert H. Schuller – Boulder, CO
Seller Story: Dr. Robert H. Schuller – Boulder, CO
Dr. Schuller's 14K Yellow Gold Lapis Lazuli Intaglio Seal Ring

Dr. Schuller's 14K Yellow Gold Lapis Lazuli Intaglio Seal Ring

Final Bid:
$8,200
Dr. Robert Schullers Eyeglasses and Founding Pastor Medal

Dr. Robert Schullers Eyeglasses and Founding Pastor Medal

Final Bid:
$825
Early 20th Century Angel Carved Marble Holy Water Font

Early 20th Century Angel Carved Marble Holy Water Font

Final Bid:
$4,150
Lau Chun Oil Painting on Canvas Hawaiian Landscape

Lau Chun Oil Painting on Canvas Hawaiian Landscape

Final Bid:
$3,200
First Edition "Perestroika" Signed by Mikhail Gorbachev

First Edition "Perestroika" Signed by Mikhail Gorbachev

Final Bid:
$830
Bronze Replica Han Dynasty Gansu Flying Horse With Letter From Gregory Peck

Bronze Replica Han Dynasty Gansu Flying Horse With Letter From Gregory Peck

Final Bid:
$3,300
1989  Framed  Letter From Ronald Reagan to Dr. Schuller

1989 Framed Letter From Ronald Reagan to Dr. Schuller

Final Bid:
$975
Muhammad Ali Signed 1983 Program Honoring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I

Muhammad Ali Signed 1983 Program Honoring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I

Final Bid:
$833
19th Century Ethiopian Prayer Book with Wood Cover Boards

19th Century Ethiopian Prayer Book with Wood Cover Boards

Final Bid:
$505
17th/18th-Century Italian Polychrome Carved Wood Virgin and Child

17th/18th-Century Italian Polychrome Carved Wood Virgin and Child

Final Bid:
$925
Rosenthal Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque after Leonardo Da Vinci's "Madonna of the Rocks"

Rosenthal Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque after Leonardo Da Vinci's "Madonna of the Rocks"

Final Bid:
$747
Vintage Leather Barrel-Back Club Chairs

Vintage Leather Barrel-Back Club Chairs

Final Bid:
$130
Reuge Music Swiss Glass and Brass Music Box

Reuge Music Swiss Glass and Brass Music Box

Final Bid:
$831
Late 20th Century Russian Palekh Lacquered Box of Jesus Christ

Late 20th Century Russian Palekh Lacquered Box of Jesus Christ

Final Bid:
$90
Palestinian Embroidered Coat Gifted to Arvella Schuller by Yasser Arafat (1929-2004)

Palestinian Embroidered Coat Gifted to Arvella Schuller by Yasser Arafat (1929-2004)

Final Bid:
$325
18K Yellow Gold Jadeite and Diamond Pendant

18K Yellow Gold Jadeite and Diamond Pendant

Final Bid:
$3,250
Robert Wyland Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture "Genesis"

Robert Wyland Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture "Genesis"

Final Bid:
$4,867
Signed Print of Ronald Reagan and Rev. Robert Schuller

Signed Print of Ronald Reagan and Rev. Robert Schuller

Final Bid:
$1,050
Late 19th Century Porcelain of Madonna and Child in Gothic Frame

Late 19th Century Porcelain of Madonna and Child in Gothic Frame

Final Bid:
$676
George James Frampton Bronze "Madonna" Sculpture

George James Frampton Bronze "Madonna" Sculpture

Final Bid:
$1,367
2003 Signed "Pope John Paul II: Reaching Out Across Borders"

2003 Signed "Pope John Paul II: Reaching Out Across Borders"

Final Bid:
$86
Baroque Style Brass and Pewter Continental Music Box

Baroque Style Brass and Pewter Continental Music Box

Final Bid:
$426
Middle Eastern Box, Koran and Sword from Grand Mufti Kuftaro

Middle Eastern Box, Koran and Sword from Grand Mufti Kuftaro

Final Bid:
$2,200
Signed 1998 Colored Photograph of Maya Angelou

Signed 1998 Colored Photograph of Maya Angelou

Final Bid:
$160
Pair of Francis Higgins Victorian Sterling Silver Apostle Spoons

Pair of Francis Higgins Victorian Sterling Silver Apostle Spoons

Final Bid:
$401
1997 Framed Letters and Photos of Pres. Clinton and Dr. Schuller

1997 Framed Letters and Photos of Pres. Clinton and Dr. Schuller

Final Bid:
$1,653
Wallace Sterling Silver "Grande Baroque" Flatware in Chest

Wallace Sterling Silver "Grande Baroque" Flatware in Chest

Final Bid:
$3,700
Signed Letter and "Between Hope and History" by Bill Clinton

Signed Letter and "Between Hope and History" by Bill Clinton

Final Bid:
$501
Framed Photo V.P. George Bush, Mrs. Bush and Rev. and Ms Schuller

Framed Photo V.P. George Bush, Mrs. Bush and Rev. and Ms Schuller

Final Bid:
$150
Copper Clad Wood Carving of Christ and John the Baptist

Copper Clad Wood Carving of Christ and John the Baptist

Final Bid:
$275
Greek Polychrome Icon with a Sterling Silver Oklad

Greek Polychrome Icon with a Sterling Silver Oklad

Final Bid:
$726
Signed 1995 Book "My American Journey" by Colin Powell

Signed 1995 Book "My American Journey" by Colin Powell

Final Bid:
$135
18th-Century Oil Painting on Stone after Paolo Caliari

18th-Century Oil Painting on Stone after Paolo Caliari

Final Bid:
$2,000
Hand Carved Wood Sculpture After Da Vinci of The Last Supper

Hand Carved Wood Sculpture After Da Vinci of The Last Supper

Final Bid:
$425
Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque of Madonna in Brass Frame

Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque of Madonna in Brass Frame

Final Bid:
$325
19th-Century Reverse Painted Glass Nativity Scene

19th-Century Reverse Painted Glass Nativity Scene

Final Bid:
$411
18th c. Thomas Wagstaffe Silver Pocket Watch With Diamond Jewel

18th c. Thomas Wagstaffe Silver Pocket Watch With Diamond Jewel

Current Bid:
$493
Color Photographic Print of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Schuller

Color Photographic Print of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Schuller

Final Bid:
$51
1856 German Bronze Holy Water Font Signed

1856 German Bronze Holy Water Font Signed

Final Bid:
$2,050
900 Silver Ewer and Tray

900 Silver Ewer and Tray

Final Bid:
$210
18th Century Italian Santos in Gilt Robes Wearing a Crown

18th Century Italian Santos in Gilt Robes Wearing a Crown

Final Bid:
$501
Coretta Scott King Ephemera and Inscribed Book

Coretta Scott King Ephemera and Inscribed Book

Final Bid:
$525
Murano Glass Compote with Painted Scene of Jesus Walking on Water

Murano Glass Compote with Painted Scene of Jesus Walking on Water

Final Bid:
$220
Signed 1985 "Confessions of a Hooker" by Bob Hope

Signed 1985 "Confessions of a Hooker" by Bob Hope

Final Bid:
$380
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Seller Story: Dr. Robert H. Schuller – Boulder, CO

Your father counseled many politicians and U.S. Presidents, some of their letters and photos are in this sale. How did he balance politics and faith?

Dad believed that, professionally, he had to remain apolitical. He had his private political convictions but believed he had to remove that in his spiritual position. My father was a very intelligent man so politicians valued his insights that were backed by faith, but processed through a keen and curious mind.

He officiated Hubert Humphrey’s funeral and the funeral of Corretta Scott King; he was seated beside Hillary Clinton when Bill gave the state of the union address in 1995 and he encouraged Bill to reach out to Dole (noted in one of the framed letters) to find bipartisan resolve.

Did you get to meet any celebrity friends of your father?

I recall being about 5 when Burl Ives came to meet Dad. He was my favorite then because he was Santa Claus! When I was 13, I had a motorcycle accident that put me in the hospital for 8 months. During that time, John Wayne telephoned me in the hospital before he penned a note to me, “Be Happy, Carol, You are Loved!” That became the title of one of my father’s best-selling books. During my hospital stay, baseball players like Tommy Lasorda, Steve Garvey, and others from the Dodgers came to cheer me up. When they went to the pennant that year, Dad and I went into the dugout and helped with the champagne pour – over the tops of our heads!

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