Jim And Tammy Faye Bakker's Old Shows Up For Sale

An Atlanta investment banker is auctioning off more than 15,000 videotaped episodes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's iconic Christian talk 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.

A spokeswoman for Jim Bakker, who now lives in Branson, Mo., said the televangelist has been told the tapes have been appraised at around $8 million. He considers them part of his legacy.

The tapes provide enough content to create a channel exclusively showing "The PTL Club," said Dean Becker, vice chairman of Ocean Tomo, the Chicago-based merchant bank handling the auction.

And, Dyer pointed out, the audience already knows about PTL's fall.

"People can watch these shows knowing how their story ended," he said. "It makes them even more intriguing to watch."

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  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 28, 2009 at 05:33 PM
    After Tammy Faye truly healed and bounced back from the divorced from that dirt bag Bakker... she lived a life of "AWE". ...Yes, she wore spaced out makeup.. but her heart was in the right place. ...This woman loved God... I've seen Tammy Faye kiss African babies while they had blow flies on their lips... I saw that.. and I said," oh h#ll no, I couldn't do that!". ...Tammy Faye earned her place in Heaven... ..I wouldn't buy the tapes.. but nevertheless... she still lived the life she portrayed... Rest In Peace Mrs.Messner ... I can't speak for the good Lord.. but if I could.. I would believe he said to you ,"Beautiful job Tammy, you've done what I've asked, time to come home."
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 28, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    Right, wrong, indifferent.....what difference does it make? Who would want these tapes?
  • by Bill Location: Ernul on Feb 28, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Did they do wrong?? yes.. But what about the homes for unwed mothers, what about the thousands of homless they fed, what about the millions they donated to Samaritan's Purse & to missionaries. Guess that doesn't count
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    These two gave a whole new meaning to Christian. They were thumpers that got caught. I will bid $1.00, and then destroy all the tapes. The religious past, present, and future.

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