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Featured ItemsRue's African Beaded Purse
Isn’t this a wonderful piece of art? Rue found this handmade beaded purse during a trip to Tangiers and she had to have it. It is very thin and holds practically nothing, so it is more a piece for displaying rather than a purse to actually carry; and besides, the 40″ beaded strap blew some beads – Rue taped it with some painters tape that was handy – so it really is being sold as a work or art and not a functional purse. The piece measures 13.5″ x 9.5″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375Rue's Etched Sterling Silver Ear Cuff (Not a Nose Ring, Right?)
This can’t be a nose ring, right? I mean, none of us ever saw Rue wear a nose ring, so it must be an ear cuff, right? Yet, it sure does LOOK like a nose ring, right? But why on Earth would Rue McClanahan own a nose ring? Unless she bought it by mistake; sometimes even world class shoppers stumble. Not that anything is WRONG with nose rings; they just aren’t Rue’s style. Anyway, this beautiful sterling silver piece is hand etched with what Rue would call a “sweet” and “precious” little floral motif. If you purchase this item be sure and send us in a photo if you happen to wear it in your nose so we can put it in Rue’s permanent archive, because this would certainly be the only nose ring she owned (but it CAN’T be a nose ring, right?). Rue’s etched, sterling silver thing comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50Rue's Marker Wheel She Used To Create Her Doodles
Rue kept this large marker wheel right next to her desk in the home office of her Manhattan apartment. She bought the set at an art store down the street from her apartment and used it from the early 2000s until the end of her life; all of the “doodles” she created during that period were done with this set. She had other markers, as you can see in the initial inventory shot of all of her markers taken on her kitchen counter, but this was the she she kept open next to her desk and used every day. There are supposed to be 100 markers but the set is missing 11 of them. We are certain they still exist – at least most of them; some could have fallen into her office trash can by accident – and we’ll send them your way as they turn up in other boxes or crates. Rue’s marker wheel that she used to create her “doodles” comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275Rue's Carved Elephant Family
Rue grew up at a time when to be a “family” meant there was a husband, a wife, and at least one child. It took her many years and many marriages to give up on that fantasy and expand on her definition of what a family could be. Rue created a loving and supportive “chosen family” around her in the end; just like the girls did on “The Golden Girls.” Yet, she still would display the idea of the classic family she was hard-wired to believe in in various forms around her home. This little carved elephant group was one of those displays. The three pieces range in size from 2.25″ x 2.25″ inches for the “daddy” down to 1.75″ x 2″ for the “baby.” Rue’s carved wood elephant family comes with a Certificate of Authenticity form Estate of Rue.
$375Rue's Heavily Annotated Copy of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Rue McClanahan played a very famous “Blanche” before the “Blanche” we all know her for; she was “Blanche DuBois” in a production of the Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” at The Pasadena Playhouse way back in the 1950s. She later said that “Blanche” was part of the inspiration she used as the “Blanche” on “The Golden Girls.” This is Rue’s original, heavily annotated play from that performance. Rue wrote EVERYTHING about her performance in this volume: stage instructions, prop locations, motivations, emotions her character would be feeling. If you study acting, this is a glimpse into a master’s process. In addition to a poignant note handwritten by the director, this ultra-rare and exciting piece even has one of Rue’s first little margin “doodles” in the corner of a page with the silly phrase that Rue sometimes said under her breath when exasperated with something or someone – “pish tosh” – written inside. Rue’s copy of a famous play she starred in over 60-years ago comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$750 NOW $375"Wicked" Signed Cookbook and Signed Playbill with Publicity Card - $79 [SOLD]
While Rue was playing Madame Morrible in the hit Broadway Musical “Wicked,” the cast and crew released a second edition of their charitable cookbook. Rue included a questionable recipe from her Aunt Wenonah that actually involves pouring a can of 7-Up into a baking dish with dough! We made it, and guess what? It is delicious! Anyway, the cookbook is signed by Rue and we’ll include an original signed playbill and publicity card, too. It measures 5.75″ x 8.5″, is 131 pages long, and contains over 65 recipes. Comes with a 4″ x 6″ print of Rue on stage with Ben Vereen as The Wizard – just because we love that picture – and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
Red Hard Stone Clip On Earrings [SOLD]
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