You know Rue was a big crafter, right? If she wasn’t in front of a camera, she was working on some interesting little project or another. Here is a personalized Christmas ornament she made. Fist, she took a card she’d received and made copies and glued them onto construction paper. Then, she scanned and miniaturized pictures of herself over the decades, cut them out, and glued them on like they were ornaments on a mini-tree. The result is “The Rue McClanahan Ornament,” and you won’t find this in the stores. She made a few of them, but each is different. This one has copied pictures that she’d already glued on, plus some images unique to this particular ornament. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
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Featured ItemsSigned Publicity Still From 1970 Movie
Do you remember Eli Wallach? He made a zillion movies and worked right up until the end of his long life. He was married to the beautiful and equally talented Anne Jackson for something like 60 years. Mr. Wallach was a real winner in the game of life. Rue was friends with the couple for many decades. She and Mr. Wallach worked together for the first time in 1970 when they made the movie “The People Next Door.” Rue wrote about the movie, and one of her hilarious lines from the script, in her memoir – “My First Five Husband…And The Ones Who Got Away” – and this original 8″ x 10″ signed publicity shot was reprinted in the book. In fact, the publishers sticker is still on the back of this picture. Rue’s signed publicity still – signed by both Rue and Eli Wallach – comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50Blanche's Taupe Leather Mules [SOLD]
Can’t you just hear Blanche click-clacking across the kitchen floor? Rue wore these taupe leather strap mules during multiple seasons of “The Golden Girls,” and you can spot them in multiple episodes within those seasons. They are made by a company called “Onex” and we think they are about a size 8, since that was what she usually took in a mule. Since these were such favorites, they are definitely a little scuffed up, and the insoles have clear wear from Rue’s heels and toes. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$500Rue'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.
$375Original Martha Swope 8" x 10" Stage Shot
Martha Swoop is one of the most prolific and successful dance and theatre photographers in the world. This is an original rehearsal shot that she took of Rue in her early career. If we knew who the man was, we could figure out the show. Do you know? We’re thinking this may be “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” but Rue looks a little too young for her turn as Martha. If you know, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Swoop stamped this piece, so it is clearly marked as one of her photographs. Remember, because the photographer is famous, the piece is already highly collectible, but when you add in that it was OWNED by the Rue McClanahan, the provenance goes off the chart! Rue’s Martha Swoop original 8″ x 10″ comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$325 NOW $162.50One of Rue's Loose Jewels - Golden or Imperial Topaz [SOLD]
This is a “pear cut” stone. Did you know the world’s largest cut diamond is a pear cut? It is the “Cullinan” and it is mounted in the British Royal Scepter. What does that have to do with Rue’s loose jewel? Nothing, really, we just came upon the fact during our research and thought it was interesting. As we’ve written in the past, and as you can see from the first photo of some of Rue’s jewelry collection spread out in the living room of her Manhattan apartment, RUE LOVED JEWELRY! There is a little faux alligator case to the left in that photo and Rue carried her loose gemstones inside. We even found a photo of her bent over a table examining stones for a purchase. This particular jewel she picked up during her trip to either Brazil or Africa, and it is either a golden or an imperial topaz. If it is the former, you’ll be getting a great deal, if it is the later, we ought to never be allowed to post another thing because we’ll be giving away a rare, expensive stone for next to nothing. Isn’t this exciting? In either case, we’ll include a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue – just attesting to the fact that the jewel was Rue’s, since we aren’t certain which type of jewel it is – and we’ll include prints of the photos shown.
$175Rue's Carnival Glass Plate
We tried shooting this plate at all sorts of angles to show the iridescent quality, but you still can’t see it. When you look at this piece and move it in your hands, rainbows appear across the surface. I guess it is just something you need to see in person because it simply will not allow capture with the camera. Rue’s rainbow plate measures 7.75″ across and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.