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Featured ItemsRue's Fossil "Coasters" (*UPDATE)
Rue usually kept these flat fossils on her coffee table and used them as coasters. We don’t think they actually ARE coasters – we think they are rare, highly collectible FOSSILS! However, that is what Rue used them for; and we could be mistaken, maybe someone out there is selling fossils as sets of coasters(!). Certainly there are pictures in Rue’s archive that show these pieces on Rue’s coffee table – and probably with Rue in the shot, too – so we’ll look around and post any photos we can find later. Rue’s pair of fossil “coasters” measure about 4″ across each, and they will appear together on the same Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
*UPDATE – I found a photograph of Me and Rue gabbing in the living room and you can see both of these “coasters” on the coffee table. One is clearly showing and she has her water glass on the other.Rue's Mounted Still From Jif Commercial
Isn’t this wonderful? We LOVE the look on Rue’s face as she stares at the director and what looks to be one of the “suits” from Jif Peanut Butter. We knew Rue and we can see the mirth behind her straight stare. Her thoughts are probably something along the lines of: “Are you really telling me how to scoop out a spoonful of peanut butter? I was trained by Uta Hagen – I AM THE PEANUT BUTTER!” Anyway, this is one of those RARE pieces from Rue’s collection of show business memorabilia. The still is mounted on thick poster board and measures 7.5″ x 9.5″. Rue’s Jif commercial mounted still comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$325 NOW $162.50Rue's Emmy Award
Of course, Rue hung on to the dress and earrings she wore to the Primetime Emmy Awards in 1987, and she also hung on to the Emmy Award she took home that magical night for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.” All three items are part of this package and they come with an 8 1/2” x 11” framed glossy photograph of Rue in the dress, wearing the earrings, and holding her Emmy. See clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1g7oY1Xw-g (Rue was miffed Howie mispronounced her name – twice!).
(You didn’t think we were seriously going to sell Rue’s Emmy, did you?)Bea'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.
$5,000Rue's Wooden Frog Instrument
Rue loved nothing more than a musical evening with people playing piano and other instruments and singing together while everyone gradually got totally blasted. Oh, wait, we didn’t mean “blasted” necessarily, but you understand. Many of her friends had real talent, too, and could sing like angels and play like virtuoso. Some of her friends however, ahem, like me, could NOT sing a note or play anything, and so she kept percussion instruments around. That way we could be a part of the fun. This carved wooden frog was kept near or on top of Rue’s piano so it was always available to hand to the dork in the corner who couldn’t sing or play. The piece measures 5.5″ tail to nose and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
(By the way, it makes a really cool sound, too, when you slide that wooden stick up and down the frogs back!)
$475Why Was This Red Plastic Bauble in Rue's Jewelry Box? [SOLD]
We have absolutely no idea how this huge red adjustable plastic ring landed in Rue’s jewelry box – alongside diamonds and emeralds – but it was there. It is almost 1.5″ across and is another 1.5″ from the bottom of the band to the surface of the “stone.” It is a mystery, but there is one thing for sure, it belonged to Rue McClanahan and thus will come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
Barrettes with Red Stones [SOLD]
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