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Featured ItemsRue's Carved Maori Box Given To Her By Her Son Mark [On Hold]
Like most mothers, Rue always thought of her son as a little boy. Also, like most mothers, no matter what her son gave to her – crayon drawings, pipe cleaner sculpture, macaroni necklaces, etc… – she adored and kept forever. Sometimes her boy hit the ball out of the park though and gave her something she not only adored as a mother, but also as Rue McClanahan, world class shopper and collector. This vintage carved Maori box with paua shell inserts is just such an item. Rue genuinely loved this piece. When a big earthquake hit the Los Angeles area in the late ’80s, this piece flew off of Rue’s dresser in her adorable Encino house (photo posted) and a little corner of wood popped off. Rue said she looked for that little piece for days but never found it; she figured one of her cats or dogs thought it was a bit of kibble and probably ate it. Nevertheless, she displayed this piece in her various homes for the rest of her life, and when asked its origin, she’d proudly say: “That was a gift from my son.” Rue’s carved Maori box comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375Rue's Suggestive Thumbtack Holder [On Hold]
First of all, only Rue McClanahan would keep her thumbtacks in such a beautiful wooden box. Second, only Rue McClanahan would own a thumbtack holder that could be called “suggestive.” Keep in mind, Rue was never overtly sexual or in any way crass or vulgar – Betty White, on the other hand… but that is another story. Anyway, Rue kept this box of thumbtacks in her office – she was always pinning something or another up on the bulletin board behind her desk – and whenever she would ask for someone to hand her a thumbtack and let them know they were in the box, as soon as they would pull the drawer open she would casually remark: “Isn’t that an interesting box? It always reminds me of something, but for the life of me I don’t know what.” It never failed to make us all roar with laughter. Yes, we all are 12-year olds at heart! Rue’s suggestive thumbtack box comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275Rue's Origami Dollar Bill Ring [On Hold]
Rue didn’t need diamonds to make her happy. When a gentleman folded her this origami dollar bill ring she was thrilled. It remained in her jewelry box – among the diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other “fine jewelry” – for the rest of her life. Rue’s origami dollar bill ring is a size 7.5 and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50Large Natural Brazilian Garnet [SOLD]
This rather substantial stone would make an excellent cocktail ring, solitaire necklace, pin, or single earring for those who wear them. Rue picked the gem up during a cruise along the Amazon river. It measures 3/8″ long and just short of that wide, and is about 1/4″ thick. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$150Rue's Boxed Set of Quotation Books [On Hold]
Rue read a lot of biographies and autobiographies. She had a passion for the life stories of America’s founding fathers and early statesmen. Rue was patriotic and found the commitment to the vision for America held by those early politicians inspiring. This boxed set has four thin volumes and they contain some of the most well-known and inspirational quotes from four of those early Americans. Each volume has one of Rue’s bookplates inside, so there are four different stickers. The case and books measure about 4.5″ x 7″ and they will all appear on one Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50Rue's Dream Catcher [On Hold]
As many of you already know, Rue McClanahan had some American Indian blood in her veins; Rue was a proud, card-carrying member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. It should comes as no surprise then that she had a dream catcher in her Manhattan apartment. Legend has it that this device catches all the negative or toxic dreams while you sleep, much like a spider’s web catches all that tries to pass through it, and then in the morning they disappear. This leaves only positive and good dreams to fill your nights. Of course, Rue really didn’t need a dream catcher since all she ever seemed to dream about was MEN! Rue’s dream catcher measures 7.5″ wide and is 1.25″ thick. We think Rue actually sewed the red fabric on the back of this handmade work of art, probably to make the beads and web stand out more. Rue’s dream catcher comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
“Blanche’s” Taupe Leather Mules [SOLD]
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