Monday, March 2, 2009

Jim and Tammy Faye for sale

A banker is auctioning off 15,000 episodes of Jim and Fammy Faye Bakers' PTL club show.

"The PTL Club," which aired from 1974 to 1987, featured Jim Bakker offering upbeat sermons from a couch and Tammy Faye, wearing her trademark heavy mascara, singing about Jesus. Most episodes were taped at their empire — which included a hotel, campground and theme park — just south of Charlotte.

PTL, which stood for "Praise The Lord," came crashing down in 1987 when Jim Bakker went to prison for fraud after a sex scandal. The couple divorced and Tammy Faye remarried and changed her last name to Messner. She died in 2007 from colon cancer.

The 15,069 hourlong tapes went to a Charlotte church, then a cable content provider, said Ben Dyer, president of Gospel Properties.

The cable provider defaulted on a loan from Dyer's company and he got the tapes, which he plans to auction in San Francisco on March 27.

The tapes are worth around 8 MILLION dollars. Yes, 8 MILLION dollars.

Not sure if they're including a sample of Tammy Faye's mascara with the tapes.

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