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Featured ItemsRue's Girl on a Bench T-Shirt [On Hold]
This casual 3/4-sleeve T-shirt of Rue’s was probably from some professional gig because the tag was cut out and there were half a dozen sequins hand sewn on the front. Usually Rue or a costumer on set would do something like that to make sure the tag didn’t stick out after a quick change, and to catch the lights and make something have a little extra pop. However, since we can’t find any photos of Rue wearing the piece in a production, and we have no idea what it was used in, we’re listing this shirt here in her closet. Rue’s girl-on-a-bench tee comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50Rue's 1976 Playbill From "A Chorus Line" (And a Story) [On Hold]
“A Chorus Line” opened on Broadway in 1975, and by 1976 it was already touring. It held the record for longest running Broadway Show for over 20-years. Rue was in “Maude” at the time and living in Los Angeles so she had to wait to see it until it opened there. Luckily, some of the original Cast transferred from Broadway to the Los Angles production and so Rue was able to see “A Chorus Line” with Donna McKechnie in the role that made her famous – “Cassie.” Rue could spot talent, so after the performance she went back stage and made a beeline for Ms. McKechnie. With Rue’s dance and acting backgrounds, she knew that Ms. McKechnie was the real thing. Donna McKechnie jotted her number down for Rue on the front of her Playbill and here it is – 40 YEARS LATER! This piece of Rue McClanahan and Donna McKechnie and Broadway history comes with prints of the photos shown and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
By the way, I was recently at an event here in Manhattan and ran into Donna McKechnie – see the photo posted. She looks great, right?
$150Blanche's Taupe Leather Mules [SOLD]
Can’t you just hear Blanche click-clacking across the kitchen floor? Rue wore these taupe leather strap mules during multiple seasons of “The Golden Girls,” and you can spot them in multiple episodes within those seasons. They are made by a company called “Onex” and we think they are about a size 8, since that was what she usually took in a mule. Since these were such favorites, they are definitely a little scuffed up, and the insoles have clear wear from Rue’s heels and toes. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$500Rue's Nuts and Beads Necklace [On Hold]
What a bizarre necklace, right? The bead part makes sense, but the nuts? We can just imagine Rue’s delight when she discovered the piece, too; Rue adored the unusual. This strand of 1.5mm beads and 5mm nuts is 32″ long and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50Rue's Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Polka Dot Clips [On Hold]
Kenneth Lane is a very well known jewelry designer and his pieces are worn by the rich and famous all over the world – even Audrey Hepburn wore Kenneth Lane earrings, and you can’t get much more glamorous than Ms. Hepburn! Rue adored his earrings and she owned several pair. These vintage polka dot bow clips are Kenneth Lane originals and Rue owned a black pair and a white pair. We already posted and sold the light colored ones, so this is Rue’s last pair of Kenneth Lane bow earrings. The clips measure a full 2″ across and are 1.25″ at their widest. Rue’s bow clips come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$325 NOW $162.50Bea's Personalized Gift to her Friend Rue in the '70s [SOLD]
Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur were friends, real friends. I was with Rue the day that Bea died and she was reminiscing about their relationship – with “Maude” and “The Golden Girls” they had worked together for 14 years – and there was a lot of emotion in the stories she told. I also attended Bea’s Memorial Service with Rue, and I can assure you Rue loved Bea. Clearly, the feelings were reciprocated. You can see it in their off camera photos together and you can see it in this gift that Bea had custom made for her friend way back during the “Maude” years in the 1970s. This heavy 13.5″ square mirrored plaque demonstrates Bea’s respect and admiration for Rue’s abilities as an actor with the star symbol next to her name and the word “Superstar,” but it also show Bea’s feelings for Rue with the phrase “Superlove.” We realize this is a high price point for an item on the site, but we believe the piece – a personal one-of-a-kind gift from one Internationally famous celebrity to another – is actually priceless. We want to make sure if someone does buy it, they realize its worth and it will be taken care of accordingly. And, if it doesn’t sell, we’re fine with that, too. It looks really good right here on the office wall and you can’t help but smile every time you look at it.
Barrettes with Red Stones [SOLD]
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