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Featured ItemsRue's Wooden Frog Instrument
Rue loved nothing more than a musical evening with people playing piano and other instruments and singing together while everyone gradually got totally blasted. Oh, wait, we didn’t mean “blasted” necessarily, but you understand. Many of her friends had real talent, too, and could sing like angels and play like virtuoso. Some of her friends however, ahem, like me, could NOT sing a note or play anything, and so she kept percussion instruments around. That way we could be a part of the fun. This carved wooden frog was kept near or on top of Rue’s piano so it was always available to hand to the dork in the corner who couldn’t sing or play. The piece measures 5.5″ tail to nose and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
(By the way, it makes a really cool sound, too, when you slide that wooden stick up and down the frogs back!)
$475Rue's Liz Claiborne Long-Billed Cap
Rue truly regretted all the sun damage she inflicted on her skin when she was a girl and young lady, and so she made certain to protect herself from the harmful rays of the sun as she aged. This Liz Claiborne cap was one of her protection tools because it has a super long bill. It had the added benefit of hiding her face when she wanted to run out for a quick errand and go around her Manhattan neighborhood unrecognized. Rue’s hat comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50Original Photograph From Charity Campaign Rue Did With A Dear Friend
Can you believe that “dear friend” that Rue did this charity campaign with is Estelle Getty?! It doesn’t even look like her, does it? The hair and makeup team on “The Golden Girls” really did a great job making Estelle Getty look older than she really was. There is a rumor that has been circulating for decades that Estelle was the YOUNGEST one of “The Golden Girls,” but that is not true. In fact, Rue was the youngest of all the women, but 12 years, but Estelle WAS two months younger than Bea Arthur, who played her daughter “Dorothy,” so Rue always suspected that was how the rumor started. Trust me though, Rue was ALWAYS quick to correct people on that one! Anyway, here is an original 5″ x 7″ photograph that Rue owned from a charitable photo campaign she and Estelle did together. Those two really adored each other – all the girls loved Estelle – and you can see it in this photo, and you can see it in the final photo taken of the two of them together right before Estelle passed away; their’s was a friendship that lasted until the end. There were a few portraits with wardrobe and animal changes from this shoot, but this was the one used in the campaign. Rue’s original photograph with Estelle Getty comes with prints of the other photos posted a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$675Where Are We Going In Rue's Handbasket?
Rue actually used her hand basket as a hand basket, who does that? She would carry it into her garden and come back inside with the basket full of tomatoes she picked off her plants. Rue’s hand basket measures 12″ x 9″ and it is 10.5″ high. The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50Silk Floral Arrangement (And a Story!)
Rue had a new boyfriend at the time of her death. She had already been married six times, had had recent open heart surgery, was recovering from a stroke, and STILL she was like a giggly teenage girl wanting nothing more than to talk about her new man! Her new man sent her three silk floral arrangements. She is posing with her suitor’s photograph and one of the arrangements in the photo taken in her home office posted here, her handyman Julio accidentally smashed the second one – THAT WAS A TENSE DAY AT CASA RUE! – and here is the third. To write that these arrangements were Rue’s prized possessions at the end of her life is an understatement. See the little stuffed dog she is pressing to her cheek in the other photo posted? That was sent to her by her new guy, too, and you can see how important it is to her by the way she is holding it. The gentleman courting Rue was having a birthday the month after her death, his 85th. Rue had already lovingly signed 30 birthday cards to him so he would receive one each day for a full month leading up to his birthday, and she had inscribed one of her gorgeous “doodles” to him for that special day. Just so you know, we sent one of those cards to Rue’s intended each day for those 30 days, and then we sent Rue’s signed doodle to him so it arrived on his birthday. We know that was what Rue would have wanted. Although he was heartbroken at the lose of his “girl,” he was so grateful for the expression of her love for him. Isn’t that romantic? This piece measures 11″ x 11″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275Rue's Ferragamo Slingbacks
This pair of Italian leather slingbacks were made by the gifted shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo. Rue’s Ferragamo’s are size 8, they are in excellent condition, and they come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50
Rue’s Shiny Metal Trash Can From Master Bathroom [SOLD]
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