In the first photo from back in the late ’70s or early ’80s you can see this depression era clear glass water pitcher on the table in front of Rue and her son Mark. When she sold that California house, she moved this vintage treasure cross country and used it in her Manhattan apartment for years. As we’ve told you before, it didn’t matter to Rue how expensive or rare an item was, if it had a purpose, that’s what she was going to use it for, and so this piece was used by her for decades. There is the smallest chip on the edge of the base, but I’ll bet you can’t even find it in the picture I took of the bottom. This comes with a 4″ x 6″ print of Rue and her son with the pitcher, and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
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Featured ItemsRue's "Stallion" Sunglasses
Did Rue buy these sunglasses because of their cool, solid design? Or did she buy them because the brand name gave her a chill of delight? Hmmmmm… Anyway, Rue’s “Stallion” sunglasses come with the metal case she kept them in and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50Heart Locket on Sterling Chain [SOLD]
Although there are no pictures inside this 3/4″ heart-shaped locket, we think it may be the one Rue wore in the movie “Rusty: The Great Rescue,” a film she made back in 1997 with Hal Holbrook. The chain is sterling silver and 18″ long and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$114.14Rue's Origami Dollar Bill Ring
Rue didn’t need diamonds to make her happy. When a gentleman folded her this origami dollar bill ring she was thrilled. It remained in her jewelry box – among the diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other “fine jewelry” – for the rest of her life. Rue’s origami dollar bill ring is a size 7.5 and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50A Pair of Artificial Flowers Rue Would Clip To Her Hair and Clothing
Do women still wear artificial flowers? Rue wore them pinned or clipped in her hair or on her clothes from the time she was a little girl. It was not at all unusual for Rue to clip or pin some silk flowers in the V of a low cut blouse or dress, or to use them to pull focus when her hair looked “like a thatched hut,” as she was known to describe the look. This pair of Rue’s decorative flowers measure about 4.5″ x 3.5″ and they both have pins and clips on the back. Rue’s pair of accessory flowers will appear on one Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175 NOW $87.50Rue'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!)
$475Bea's Personalized Gift to her Friend Rue in the '70s [SOLD]
Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur were friends, real friends. I was with Rue the day that Bea died and she was reminiscing about their relationship – with “Maude” and “The Golden Girls” they had worked together for 14 years – and there was a lot of emotion in the stories she told. I also attended Bea’s Memorial Service with Rue, and I can assure you Rue loved Bea. Clearly, the feelings were reciprocated. You can see it in their off camera photos together and you can see it in this gift that Bea had custom made for her friend way back during the “Maude” years in the 1970s. This heavy 13.5″ square mirrored plaque demonstrates Bea’s respect and admiration for Rue’s abilities as an actor with the star symbol next to her name and the word “Superstar,” but it also show Bea’s feelings for Rue with the phrase “Superlove.” We realize this is a high price point for an item on the site, but we believe the piece – a personal one-of-a-kind gift from one Internationally famous celebrity to another – is actually priceless. We want to make sure if someone does buy it, they realize its worth and it will be taken care of accordingly. And, if it doesn’t sell, we’re fine with that, too. It looks really good right here on the office wall and you can’t help but smile every time you look at it.