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Featured ItemsRed and Black Crystal and Bead Necklace [SOLD]
This is another piece from that archeologist/jewelry designer that Rue loved to collect. Do you see those double strands of black beads? Well, a few of them have become single stands along the top of the necklace. We found 6 of the beads, which we will include, but the necklace doesn’t seem to be falling apart or need to be restrung. Perhaps it was just shut in the lid of Rue’s jewelry case or something like that. Anyway, this necklace is 24″ long and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50Rue's Shell From "Generation Gap"
Rue wore this shell in a movie she made with Ed Asner entitled “Generation Gap.” She adored Mr. Asner and had a real hoot working with him on the movie; as evidenced by the behind-the-scenes photo posted which was shot of them goofing off between takes. Even though the piece was designed by “Liz & Co.,” the blue knit top was altered by either the costumer for the movie, by Rue, or by both of them. It appears the lace trim was added along the neckline, and that was probably done by the costumer due to the quality of the stitching. There were gussets added to the sides to give it more room, and that was possibly done by Rue, since she did that to most of her tops. And the sleeves were roughly chopped off since the top was being worn under a coat – transforming it from a long-sleeved sweater to a shell – and that was almost definitely done by Rue since she HATED being too hot and was not afraid to attack a piece of clothing with scissors if she was cooking under the bright lights. Rue’s “shell” from the movie “Generation Gap” comes with prints of the photos posted and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275 NOW $137.50Rue's Prom Dress from 1949 (No kidding, she NEVER threw anything out!)
After Rue passed, we found this flat blue bag in a storage shed in the yard of her Manhattan apartment. We popped the bag and hung the enclosed dress out to air in the yard. The thing kept growing until it was several feet across. Rue’s sister, Dr. McClanahan (what were they feeding those girls in Oklahoma?), identified the gown as Rue’s prom dress from 1949. She recalled the shopping trip to Oklahoma City to purchase the item, and even how much it cost – $200, which is the equivalent of $1,960 when adjusted for inflation. There are these little sparkly stones sewn all over the skirt and this dramatic trailing scarf; it looks like the exact dress “Blanche” would’ve worn to her prom. Rue’s waist was so tiny at the time that even unzipped we couldn’t get this dress over the mannequin’s shoulders or hips, we had to take it apart. As you can see, Rue wore the gown more than once because that is her wearing it years later at a college formal. This amazing find comes with 8″ x 10″ prints of the photos shown and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$5,000Heritage Professional Barbeque Set - $79 [SOLD]
Rue had a big backyard in the middle of NYC – which is rarer then hen’s teeth – and she loved to have BBQ parties. Naturally, she bought her tools at Brookstone – only the best for Rue – but she never went to the trouble of digging them out of the garden shed and using them. Instead, Rue would cook using a fork or some restaurant-style tongs that were readily accessible from the kitchen. As a result, this 11-piece “Heritage Professional Barbeque Set” is like new. Just think how cool you’ll be cooking out this summer when someone comments on your beautiful tools and you get to tell them exactly whose tools your flipping burgers with! This set comes in the original box with a Certificate of Authenticity from The Estate of Rue McClanahan.
$79Rue'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 $112.50Rue's "Magnolia" Tunic
Here is another piece Rue owned that was made by her dear friend Grace Martin. Rue had to alter the piece slightly by sewing the center, cleavage-closing fabric into the bodice after a wardrobe malfunction left her…ahem….exposed. The silk is gorgeous. The piece is kind of a one-size-fits-all tunic and there is a label sewn in that reads: “It’s A Magnolia by Grace Martin.” Rue’s print silk tunic comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50
Red Hard Stone Clip On Earrings [SOLD]
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