Gregory Kazarian recounts that a chalice his father purchased from a pawn shop in New Orleans in the 1980’s is selling on eBay for $1.8 million.
Stolen from the Armenian church in Jerusalem–the chalice ended up in the hands of an Armenian in Glendale–California. It was subsequently stolen from his car and ended up in New Orleans–misidentified as an 19th century Coptic chalice.
It had been the senior Kazarian’s hope to keep this chalice for the church.
Once news got out by way of an article published in the Providence Journal’s Sunday magazine–the FBI got involved and eventually returned the chalice–not to the Armenian church–but to the "gentleman" from Glendale–who now seeks his fortune on eBay.
"Sadly–the bid price is a little out of my range but surely among the church and/or the general Armenian diaspora/community we can find a way to bring this unique item back where it belongs," says Kazarian–who can’t help but wonder how the chalice got out of Jerusalem in the first place.
The chalice is identified as item #3766304292–Unique Holy Chalice of Christianity Dated 1720 AD from the Armenian Sect in the Holy Church of Jerusalem.