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
19th-Century Italian Brocade Embroidery Madonna and Child
Dr. Robert Sch Marble Desk Plate and Pen Holder with Bronze Horse
Antique Cast Brass Shrine with Porcelain Madonna and Child Plaque
Roman Glass Flask Accompanied by Certificate From Tel Aviv Hilton
Signed Photo with President Reagan, E. Doyle and Dr. Schuller
Evel Knievel Gifted 14K Yellow Gold Pendant of Jesus A
Vintage Queen Anne Style Floral-Upholstered Wing Chairs
Gothic Revival Style Mahogany Wall Mirror and Console
14K Yellow Gold Organic Form Ring with Carved Coral Rose
"This is Your Life" of Dr.Robert Schuller From September 19, 1982
18K Yellow Gold Diamond Eterna Wristwatch
Pair of Stained Glass Panels
1990 Signed Colored Photograph of President George Bush
1913 Indian Head 23K Yellow Gold Coin Cufflinks in 14K Setting
19th Century Ethiopian Vellum Ge'ez Prayer Book with Cover
German Porcelain Madonna and Child Plaque in an Ornate Frame
Dr. Schuller's 14K Yellow Gold Lapis Lazuli Intaglio Seal Ring
Dr. Robert Schullers Eyeglasses and Founding Pastor Medal
Early 20th Century Angel Carved Marble Holy Water Font
Lau Chun Oil Painting on Canvas Hawaiian Landscape
First Edition "Perestroika" Signed by Mikhail Gorbachev
Bronze Replica Han Dynasty Gansu Flying Horse With Letter From Gregory Peck
1989 Framed Letter From Ronald Reagan to Dr. Schuller
Muhammad Ali Signed 1983 Program Honoring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I
19th Century Ethiopian Prayer Book with Wood Cover Boards
17th/18th-Century Italian Polychrome Carved Wood Virgin and Child
Rosenthal Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque after Leonardo Da Vinci's "Madonna of the Rocks"
Vintage Leather Barrel-Back Club Chairs
Reuge Music Swiss Glass and Brass Music Box
Late 20th Century Russian Palekh Lacquered Box of Jesus Christ
Palestinian Embroidered Coat Gifted to Arvella Schuller by Yasser Arafat (1929-2004)
18K Yellow Gold Jadeite and Diamond Pendant
Robert Wyland Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture "Genesis"
Signed Print of Ronald Reagan and Rev. Robert Schuller
Late 19th Century Porcelain of Madonna and Child in Gothic Frame
George James Frampton Bronze "Madonna" Sculpture
2003 Signed "Pope John Paul II: Reaching Out Across Borders"
Baroque Style Brass and Pewter Continental Music Box
Middle Eastern Box, Koran and Sword from Grand Mufti Kuftaro
Signed 1998 Colored Photograph of Maya Angelou
Pair of Francis Higgins Victorian Sterling Silver Apostle Spoons
1997 Framed Letters and Photos of Pres. Clinton and Dr. Schuller
Wallace Sterling Silver "Grande Baroque" Flatware in Chest
Signed Letter and "Between Hope and History" by Bill Clinton
Framed Photo V.P. George Bush, Mrs. Bush and Rev. and Ms Schuller
Copper Clad Wood Carving of Christ and John the Baptist
Greek Polychrome Icon with a Sterling Silver Oklad
Signed 1995 Book "My American Journey" by Colin Powell
18th-Century Oil Painting on Stone after Paolo Caliari
Hand Carved Wood Sculpture After Da Vinci of The Last Supper
Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque of Madonna in Brass Frame
19th-Century Reverse Painted Glass Nativity Scene
18th c. Thomas Wagstaffe Silver Pocket Watch With Diamond Jewel
Color Photographic Print of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Schuller
1856 German Bronze Holy Water Font Signed
900 Silver Ewer and Tray
18th Century Italian Santos in Gilt Robes Wearing a Crown
Coretta Scott King Ephemera and Inscribed Book
Murano Glass Compote with Painted Scene of Jesus Walking on Water
Signed 1985 "Confessions of a Hooker" by Bob Hope
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!