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Featured ItemsRue's Hardbound and Soft Cover Albee Play
Rue was a fan of Edward Albee; who isn’t? She knew Mr. Albee personally, and actually introduced me to him at the Drama Desk Awards one year. I had read some of his early work in the ’70s and thought he must be a mad man, so it was a pleasant surprise to find him completely normal and seemingly sane. Here are two versions of the same play from Rue’s library, one softcover and the other hard. The hardbound volume belonged to someone Rue worked with on a project and she signed it over to Rue – there is in inscription in the front, as you can see – and that was when Rue first came to know the work of the writer many consider to be the best living playwright alive today. Rue’s pair of Albee plays come on the same Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$99 NOW $49.501967 - "MacBird!" Lot [DONATATED]
This is a combination of American theatre history and the history of Rue McClanahan. In 1967 she co-starred with Stacy Keach in the controversial production of “MacBird!” Public officials were trying to get it banned because it touched too closely on the relatively recent assassination of JFK. Rue didn’t care about the drama off the stage though, she just knew this was a meaty part on the stage, so she went after it and got it. This production produced one of my all-time-favorite Rue images – her in character getting touched up by the smoking makeup man. Ah, the ’60s! This lot comes with a gorgeous 16.75″ x 12.75″ framed image from the production featuring Rue and Stacy Keach, with the little publishing sticker on the back indicating the photograph was used in Rue’s book – “My First Five Husbands…and The Ones Who Got Away.” We also found Rue’s numbered opening night party invitation and a telegram her agent sent her on opening night (although the corner of that is ripped, but what do you expect? It is over 45 years old!). Also comes with Rue’s original paperback of the play, published in 1966, and an original Playbill from the production with Rue and Stacy Keach on the cover. This is a singular collection from a moment in time and a moment in Rue’s life. Everything comes with one Certificate of Authenticity and prints of the three production images shown.
$325Rue's Kenneth Jay Lane Vintage Polka Dot Clips
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 $162.50Rue's Signed Cast Photo From "Mama's Family"
You never know what treasures can be found in the files of Rue McClanahan, and that is why EVERYTHING needs to be gone through with a fine-toothed comb. When we first started sorting though all of Rue’s file boxes and file cabinets, it looked like an endless job and it was challenging to keep going after the first thousand or so sheets of paper. However, whenever we would come across a file like this it would motivate us to keep going. Can you believe what was just sitting inside this old manila file folder?! It is an original 8″ x 10″ publicity still from “Mama’s Family” signed by the cast. Rue owned another one of these, which she kept framed and displayed in her office, but we had no idea she had a back up buried in her files! Carol Burnett’s signature is not there, but everyone else signed. Perhaps Ms. Burnett was absent the day Rue obtain all the signatures. Rue and Ms. Burnett got along beautifully, and she certainly would have signed the still for Rue, but Vicki Lawrence and Ms. Burnett, well, maybe there was a reason Ms. Burnett was avoiding the set. Anyway…Rue’s original, signed publicity shot from “Mama’s Family” comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$1,500 NOW $750"The Golden Girls" Cast & Crew Gift for 1987 [SOLD]
This cast & crew gift from “The Girls” to all those that helped them make the show happen is over 25-years old. Items like this cause us such difficulty with pricing. On the one hand, it is Rue McClanahan’s ONLY saved cast & crew gift from the 1987 Season of “The Golden Girls,” and how do you put a price on that? There is only one of these in the world – that belonged to Rue – and once it is gone, it is gone forever. On the other hand, it is just an old brass key chain and those are a dime-a-dozen. So, we spin the wheel in our heads and pick a number. We are either deluded in thinking this thing is worth this much money, or we are the biggest fools on Earth since it will sell for a zillion dollars someday at some big auction house. Please help and guide us Rue! This item measures 3.75″ long by 1.5″ wide – it is big! Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$800Rue's Silly Frog Umbrella
We’ve written before and we probably will again – Rue McClanahan had a thing for frogs. Isn’t this umbrella a hoot? It was probably made for a child, but Rue McClanahan carried it high and proud. She could be silly with a completely straight face, too, which made it all the funnier. Rue’s frog umbrella comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50
Gorgeous Ben Amun Bracelet [SOLD]
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