While Mrs. Armstrong was alive and in the early years of the church they lived in a modest house on Hill Ave (now owned by Cal Tech). When Loma Armstrong died Herb began shedding his 'simple' life style for the extravagant one. This was also the time Gerald Waterhouse and Dean Blackwell started blabbering that HWA was an Apostle. And as you all know from the Bible, Apostles were meant to travel around the world speaking to world leaders, give them gifts of Steuben crustal, and play host to them at extravagant dinner parties at the various campus homes. Apostles were ordained by God to live lives with the finest the earth and humankind has to offer. This easy justification lead to multiple millions of dollars in extravagance by HWA, evangelists, faculty, certain department heads and many ministers.
Somewhere I have the actual auction sale prices. the ones listed here are the estimates printed in the catalog.
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While various COGlet's splinter personality cults are idolizing HWA on this the 25th anniversary of his death, I thought I would give you a peek into the apostles lifestyle.
While the membership toiled and struggled in the 60's and 70's HWA was on a spending spree in Europe. Millions of dollars were dumped over the years to furnish the home of the end time prophet. This was all during the time the pleading letters were sent to the members to send in as much money as they could because the work was 'in crisis.'
Of course we had morons that justified these artifacts as necessary for the entrainment of world leaders and dignitaries coming to hear about a "Strong Hand From Someplace". Others claimed all these goodies would be used to take care of the brethren as they were struggling in Petra. These items would buy us food and drink and shelter by the Muslims.
One other idiot in Pasadena claimed that the Pasadena campus would never be destroyed during the tribulation. The invading armies of Germany would use the Pasadena campus as their military headquarters. They would be so in awe and taken back by it's beauty that they would not destroy it. Because of that the Pasadena campus would be the new earthly HQ of God's people when the Kingdom was established. Never mind that the city is supposed to be Jerusalem, but heck, this is typical WCG mythology and it sounded cool! Never mind that these armies would be torturing and killing fellow citizen's while they dinned and enjoyed music in the Auditorium.
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Sold for $27,600.00
Sold for $4,370.00
Sold for $2,700.00
Edward VI Silver-gilt Warwick Vase
$5,000 - 8,000
Sold For $5,650.00
Sold for $74,000.00
Sold for $24,150.00
Sold for $16,100.00
Pictured above is the current price of Louis XIII Remy Martin Grande Champagne Cognac.
This was one of Herbert Armstrong's favorite evening indulgences. The container the cognac is in is a baccarat crystal decanter and comes in a velvet lined red case.
At HWA's death there were three of these sitting on his liquor shelves in the basement, along with loads of other expensive alcoholic delights. Upstairs there were two more in the cabinets.
When HWA was buying these (or should I say the church members were with their tithe money) he was paying around $750.00. That was in the mid-1980's. Twenty-five years later the price is running at $2,195.00. That is one expensive indulgence! Particularly when he was drinking it out of his St Louis Excellence Cognac/sherry glasses that were appraised at $250.00 each in 2000.