Rue kept this Tiffany & Company etched crystal bowl (4” high x 6” wide) filled with brightly colored hard candies on a shelf in her china hutch (sorry, but we polished off the candy before we put this item up for sale). Although she used the tarnished silver-plated lid on the bowl, we actually don’t think it is a set. However, since we couldn’t find a match for the lid, and it fits perfectly, we decided to keep them together and sell it just the way she used it (minus the candy). The bowl is marked Tiffany & Co on the bottom and this “set” comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from The Estate of Rue McClanahan.
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Featured ItemsOriginal Photographs Given To Rue By Brad Davis From "Midnight Express"
Rue adored the late actor Brad Davis, and from all accounts the feeling was mutual. Rue and Mr. Davis did theatre together in New York City in the ’70s, and then Mr. Davis lived at Rue’s home when he first moved out to California. Not only did Rue love him personally, but she considered him one of the finest young actors of his generation. Brad Davis starred in the powerful movie “Midnight Express” – if you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend you stop reading this and add it to your Netflix queue immediately! – and he gifted Rue these original stills from the production. The photographs measure 10″ x 6-6.75″. We are including an original 4.5″ x 3.5″ snapshot from Rue’s personal photo collection of the two of them and others at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978. We’ll also include prints of the two photos of Rue and Brad showing them on stage together in New York City and in Rue’s garden in California. This mini photo collection will appear on one Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$650 NOW $325Rue'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 $225Rue's African Beaded Purse
Isn’t this a wonderful piece of art? Rue found this handmade beaded purse during a trip to Tangiers and she had to have it. It is very thin and holds practically nothing, so it is more a piece for displaying rather than a purse to actually carry; and besides, the 40″ beaded strap blew some beads – Rue taped it with some painters tape that was handy – so it really is being sold as a work or art and not a functional purse. The piece measures 13.5″ x 9.5″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375Large Natural Brazilian Garnet [SOLD]
This rather substantial stone would make an excellent cocktail ring, solitaire necklace, pin, or single earring for those who wear them. Rue picked the gem up during a cruise along the Amazon river. It measures 3/8″ long and just short of that wide, and is about 1/4″ thick. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$150Rue's Suggestive Thumbtack Holder
First of all, only Rue McClanahan would keep her thumbtacks in such a beautiful wooden box. Second, only Rue McClanahan would own a thumbtack holder that could be called “suggestive.” Keep in mind, Rue was never overtly sexual or in any way crass or vulgar – Betty White, on the other hand… but that is another story. Anyway, Rue kept this box of thumbtacks in her office – she was always pinning something or another up on the bulletin board behind her desk – and whenever she would ask for someone to hand her a thumbtack and let them know they were in the box, as soon as they would pull the drawer open she would casually remark: “Isn’t that an interesting box? It always reminds me of something, but for the life of me I don’t know what.” It never failed to make us all roar with laughter. Yes, we all are 12-year olds at heart! Rue’s suggestive thumbtack box comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275LAST COPY - 2013 "The Men of Blanche's Boudoir" Collection of Photos Calendar [SOLD]
In Season 2, Episode 11 of “The Golden Girls” – “T’was the Nightmare Before Christmas” – Blanche gave the girls a special calendar. You can watch the iconic scene by pasteing this link in your search box: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FHFAdFPERY. Although Rue owned one of the three originals – and no one knows if the other two even exist anymore – and we’ve listed the original on this site for sale, fans have repeated requested a more affordable version. So, we’ve come up with a special 2013 calender that has a copy of the original cover on the front and a miniature of it on each month’s display page. In an outtake version of the scene, you can see the surprise when the actresses found pictures of the crew in various… um… compromising positions inside the mock-up (This calendar IS NOT FOR CHILDREN; although there is no nudity, there are some very… um… “adult-themed” photos inside). We include copies of those original crew photos from each month’s page and then added a childhood picture of Rue and an adult picture of her. We’re calling this version the “Collection of Photos” version. This is the perfect gift for “The Golden Girls” fan in your life, even if that person is you!