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Featured ItemsRue's Framed American Indian Piece From ENRON Collection (Oh, dear!) (*UPDATE)
Rue felt a deep spiritual connection to the Native American People. She carried some Indian blood in her own heart, and she was proud of that fact, but it was more than that for her. The struggles they endured, their connection to Mother Earth and all of its inhabitants, and their creativity and craftsmanship all connected with her old soul. Rue loved this framed piece – a print of a drawing done in 1833 by an artist accompanying a prince on an expedition. Rue loved it because it was actually drawn in the moment, she loved the authenticity of the piece. This piece first hung in her California home and then later in her Manhattan apartment. The framed print measures 18.25″ x 24″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
*UPDATE – We came across a photograph of Rue wearing one of her Native American treasures with this picture on the wall in the background. We posted it at the end and will include a print with this item.
$475 NOW $237.50Rue's Framed Vincent van Gogh Lithograph
This print is entitled “Cafe Terrace at Night” and it was painted by Vincent van Gogh. We have no idea what this framed print is worth. Rue bought it along with a Latrec lithograph at a gallery in Manhattan, but it is still just a print, right? Although the Latrec print, because it was signed, was recently valued at $6,000, so who knows? Anyway, this piece hung in the rental Rue moved into when she first moved back to Manhattan – she needed some art to cheer the place up and that was why she visited the gallery and bought the two pieces. Later, it went with her to both Manhattan apartments she owned and it hung in the main hallway of her final apartment until her death. The piece measures 32″ x 26.25″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$450 NOW $225The Last of Rue's "Eye" Pieces [SOLD]
Rue purchased four amazing pieces from a California ceramicist back in the ’80s; she loved these items and moved them from one house to the next until all four ended up in her Manhattan apartment. Although none of the pieces are signed with a name, they all have the “Eye Motif.” Rue’s son is keeping the huge naked woman platter, the cow bowl went to a fan in Chicago, we are delivering the enormous nymph bowl to a woman from Pennsylvania this weekend, and that leaves only one piece – the “Bone Plate.” This ceramic platter measures 17″ long by a foot wide; it is BIG. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. This is your last chance to own one of the pieces from Rue’s collection of this fun artist’s work. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$475Signed 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 $187.50Heritage 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.
$79Five Original Polaroids from Publicity Shoot [SOLD]
Before the days of digital photography and access to an instant image on a camera’s display screen, professional photographers couldn’t see what they shot until the film was developed. God forbid if the film came back and nothing was usable and the whole thing had to be re-shot! So, pros would shoot set-up images using a Polaroid Camera. Everyone would gather around the Polaroids, pass them around, and blah, blah, blah about styling, lighting, hair, makeup, etc… “Shoot some Polaroids” was a phrase heard on every professional set in the world, although I don’t think it happens so much anymore, and less and less with each passing day. Sadly, the vast majority of those one-of-a-kind Polaroid images from countless photo shoots over the decades hit the trashcan – people usually didn’t think of them as anything important or savable at the time. However, our girl Rue ALWAYS tried to snag the Polaroids from her photo shoots. Here is a wonderful set of five from some big budget shoot in the late ’80s or early ’90s. These 25-year old pictures are still in excellent shape and would be perfect for framing. Each one measures 3.25″ x 4.25″, and all five will appear on one Certificate of Authenticity.
Rue’s Depression Era Glass Golden Square Plate
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