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Featured ItemsRue'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.
$5,000Original, Signed "Doodle" from Rue's Manhattan Apartment [SOLD]
We probably don’t need to write much about this piece, it speaks for iteself. By now, you probably know that Rue “doodled” – as she called it – all the time. Betty White talks about how Rue used to doodle on “The Golden Girls” scripts on the video she made for Rue’s Facebook page – “The Official Rue McClanahan Memorial Facebook Page.” Rue had some of her more intricate doodles framed and kept them on the walls of her California houses and NYC apartments, and this is one of them. In addition to her elaborate drawings, this particular doodle is special because of the writing Rue did on it, and the intimate peak inside her heart the words reveal. This original work of art, signed by Rue McClanahan, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$3,500Delicate Beaded Necklace [SOLD]
We believe this beaded necklace is made by the woman who Rue bought most of her beaded jewelry from, and we think that might be her with Rue in the picture. What her name is, we haven’t a clue. Anyway, this 23.5″ beaded necklace is relatively simple and delicate. It has pink and green glass beads, and then what appear to be tiny freshwater pearls or pearl-type beads and then some little gold colored balls. Rue had commented in the past that all this woman’s jewelry was quite expensive – partially because each piece was a one-of-a-kind, but also because of the fine materials she used – so we might be giving treasures away again, but we believe once in awhile a gamble with pricing is in order because the worst case scenario is: one of Rue’s fans gets a great deal on a treasure – and that isn’t a bad thing. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$49.50One of Rue's Earliest Framed Doodles
This is one of Rue’s earliest framed “doodles.” She created the piece in California over 30-years ago. It hung on the walls in her various California homes and so it is sun faded, but the design is still clear. The frame measures 22″ x 18″ and the “doodle” is 16″ x 12″. Rue’s early framed “doodle” comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$1,950"The Golden Girls" Cast & Crew Gift for 1987 [SOLD]
This cast & crew gift from “The Girls” to all those that helped them make the show happen is over 25-years old. Items like this cause us such difficulty with pricing. On the one hand, it is Rue McClanahan’s ONLY saved cast & crew gift from the 1987 Season of “The Golden Girls,” and how do you put a price on that? There is only one of these in the world – that belonged to Rue – and once it is gone, it is gone forever. On the other hand, it is just an old brass key chain and those are a dime-a-dozen. So, we spin the wheel in our heads and pick a number. We are either deluded in thinking this thing is worth this much money, or we are the biggest fools on Earth since it will sell for a zillion dollars someday at some big auction house. Please help and guide us Rue! This item measures 3.75″ long by 1.5″ wide – it is big! Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$800Rue'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.
Rue’s Ferragamo Slingbacks
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