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Featured ItemsFive 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.
$425Rue's 1976 Playbill From "A Chorus Line" (And a Story)
“A Chorus Line” opened on Broadway in 1975, and by 1976 it was already touring. It held the record for longest running Broadway Show for over 20-years. Rue was in “Maude” at the time and living in Los Angeles so she had to wait to see it until it opened there. Luckily, some of the original Cast transferred from Broadway to the Los Angles production and so Rue was able to see “A Chorus Line” with Donna McKechnie in the role that made her famous – “Cassie.” Rue could spot talent, so after the performance she went back stage and made a beeline for Ms. McKechnie. With Rue’s dance and acting backgrounds, she knew that Ms. McKechnie was the real thing. Donna McKechnie jotted her number down for Rue on the front of her Playbill and here it is – 40 YEARS LATER! This piece of Rue McClanahan and Donna McKechnie and Broadway history comes with prints of the photos shown and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
By the way, I was recently at an event here in Manhattan and ran into Donna McKechnie – see the photo posted. She looks great, right?
$150Collection of 15 of Rue's Various Personal Photos [SOLD]
Rue maintained a vast collection of personal photographs, which she kept in cabinets in the home office of her Manhattan apartment. Here are 15 of those personal photos – with Rue appearing in each one. The snapshot from her sister’s wedding is 3.5″ x 5″, but all the rest are 4″ x 6″. She is shown having dinner with the Academy Award winning Actress Patricia Neal in one shot, and there is another famous actor whose name we can not remember now at the table with them. Oh, it’s on the tip of our tongues! Is is Robert Stack? We love Rue talking to the monkey during an Amazon Cruise, and she looks so happy in both the high school reunion shot and the one taken at Sardi’s Restaurant the night she was presented with her caricature. The collection comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$125Rue's Swinging '60s Purple Hoop Earrings
Aren’t these cool? The earrings dangle a full 2.25″, and the hoops themselves are 1.25″ across and .50″ thick. These are just such quintessential ’60s earrings, right? They are made of some resin and, as you can see, are translucent so the light pours through and makes them glow. Rue’s swinging ’60s dangling hoops come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50Rue's Amazing Bronze And Pink Quartz Creation
Now this is what jewelry is meant to be! Just look at this vintage, one-of-a-kind piece of Rue’s; isn’t it amazing? We’re calling those links that make up the chain “bones” and each one is about 2″ long, so the whole piece is 24″. The huge center medallion creation is 4″ x 2″ and a full inch thick. We think that is a big polished chunk of pink quartz in the center. Rue’s substantial, unique necklace comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$750 NOW $375Signed Jazz Program From Event Rue and Bea Hosted
This piece probably won’t appeal to everyone, but to the fan of jazz, this piece is going to be AMAZING! First of all, how bizarre is it that Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur hosted this jazz event at all? If you knew Rue though, you’d know she was a huge fan of jazz from the very beginning. She and her best friend, later her second husband, Norman, were jazz nuts. Rue’s son, Mark, is a jazz guitarist to this day. Can you see the paintings Rue had hanging around her Manhattan apartment? They are lots of jazz greats, and Rue didn’t buy those works of art, she had them commissioned directly from the artist! Anyway, this event had a lot of jazz greats in person, and many of them signed Rue’s program. And although she did not sign her name, we think that note on the back, which reads: “To My Dear Rue, Thank you!!!” was from Bea Arthur. Rue was the one that convinced her to do it, and Bea ended up having a fabulous time and falling hard for jazz. We haven’t found anything public about this event, either, so this is a rare document from what was certainly an unbelievable gathering of musical and acting talent. This originally signed piece of jazz and television history comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50
Rue’s Pair of Sparkling Geodes [SOLD]
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