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 ItemsGold Cowboy Hat [SOLD]
Rue wore this shiny golden cowboy hat in a movie she made in 1998 with Hal Holbrook entitled “Rusty – The Great Rescue.” Whatever fiber the hat is made of, they coated it with something to make it solid. It is lightweight and the wardrobe person sewed in a 1.5″ thick soft band so it is comfortable to wear. It measures 14.5″ in length with the opening being 7.75″. It is 12.75″ wide and stands 5.25″ high. This hat comes with a print of the picture of Rue and Hal from the film and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175Heritage 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.
$79The Love Birds
Don’t you just love love? Rue simply adored love, and she particularly enjoyed falling in love and those early giddy stages where it was all you could think about. It is during that time when everything you see – even two little carved seagulls – reminds you of your love. Rue bought these carved wooden gulls during a trip to the ocean with her new love back in the late ’90s and then wrote their names on the bottoms of the pieces. This pair of love birds are between 7 and eight inches tall, over 5 inches wide, and just over 4 inches deep. The pair come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375Gift from Bea Arthur [SOLD]
This is a very difficult piece to let go of because it was one of Rue’s prized possessions, but Rue’s son intends to follow his Mother’s final wishes and make ALL of her personal property available to her fans – except family items of sentimental value that he selected. Bea Arthur had this sterling silver and 14kt gold pin custom made for her friend Rue McClanahan way back during the “Maude” years. Both their friendship and their working relationship continued for many more years – the friendship until Bea died, in fact – and there were many more gifts exchanged during that time, but Rue said this was the one she cherished most. There was something about a talented, professional like Bea recognizing and setting down in silver and gold that she thought Rue was a star that really touched Rue’s heart. The pin measures 1″ x 1.5″. We’ll include prints of some of Rue’s personal photos showing the two ladies together and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$2,000Original Framed 8" x 10" taken at "The Golden Girls" 100th Episode Coconut Grove Bash [SOLD]
The producers of “The Golden Girls” – Danny Thomas’ son and Marlo’s brother, Tony Thomas, and the married couple Susan Harris and Paul Witt – threw a big bash for the “Girls” on the occasion of their 100th filmed episode. They gave each of them an inscribed gold Tiffany & Co. watch at the event, too. Here is a professional 8″ x 10″ photograph from the celebration that Rue kept in her home office. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225Rue's Carved Maori Box Given To Her By Her Son Mark
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.