July 2, 2012
A few years ago, a Texas couple in search of a desk attended an auction at a bank in Houston. The pair, who were Christian Scientists, looked over a large assortment of desks, but found nothing to their taste. The wife then walked over to a large glass case containing items from the bank’s vault, where a beautiful diamond brooch caught the wife's eye. It was a miniature portrait of a woman, edged in forty diamonds. She recognized her immediately as Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science!
The next day the couple bid on the pin, as did several jewelers interested in acquiring the diamonds — also two ladies who had no idea whose face was on the pin, they “just thought the pin was pretty”! The Christian Scientists won the final bid and happily took the precious pin home with them. After enjoying it for a few years, they generously donated it to Longyear Museum.