Rue’s Manhattan Apartment

Rue's Embroidered Gift Pillow

As we’ve written before, what Rue loved to receive more than anything else was a homemade gift from someone. Anyone could go out to a store and spend money, but she knew it took love for someone to spend their time and effort to create something for her, and she knew that because she...

Rue's Framed "Broadway Theatres" Piece

As you all are certainly aware, Rue made her name and her fortune on television. As you also know, she is best known for playing Blanche on “The Golden Girls.” Now, please don’t be upset by what you’re about to read, but Rue did NOT consider herself a “television...

Rue's Vintage Dial-O-Matic

Rue McClanahan was just like the rest of us; she was not immune to the temptations of late night infomercials – Rue bought a Dial-O-Matic from RONCO! Did you know RONCO is, or was, located in Beverly Hills? Neither did we. Rue’s vintage Dial-O-Matic is in excellent condition and...

The Magnetic Knife Racks From Rue's Kitchen Wall

You can see these knife racks in the background of any picture showing Rue near the entrance to the kitchen of her Manhattan apartment. The two bars are 18″ long and 1.5″ wide. The magnet panels are still powerful and will hold any knives of utensils you want to throw up there. We...

Rue's Frog Sculpture

Here is yet another one of Rue’s frogs. This is a really nice one, in that it is obviously a handmade work of art. The artist signed the piece and marked the year; the frog sculpture was made by “W. Brighton” in 1991. The piece measures 3.25″ wide, it is 2.5″...

Rue's Lug-Around-Able Square Storage Basket

Rue lugged this solid basket around with her from room to room in her Manhattan apartment. Whatever supplies she needed for whatever project she was currently working on would be stacked inside and then, because it had the built in handhold, she’d lug it with her as she went from her...

Wine Racks From Rue's Manhattan Apartment

You can clearly see Rue’s wine racks in the background of the photos posted. These four separate metal rows of bottle holders make up two racks that hold a total of 36 bottles. Despite Rue’s racks holding thousands of bottles over the years – Rue liked her wine – they...

Rue's Silver Makeup Case From Kimara Ahnert

Have you heard of Kimara Ahnert? She is this gorgeous makeup artist with her own line of cosmetics and she has this chic little shop on Madison Avenue near Rue’s apartment in Manhattan. Ms. Ahnert works on celebrities and socialites and other big wigs from all over the world. When she...

Pair of Rue's Necklace Racks

You can see one of these two racks in the photos posted; it was hanging right in front of Rue’s faux fur closet, on the back of the door to the master bath in her Manhattan Apartment. Rue owned two of these foot and a half long, by 2″ wide racks, and she used them to hold her many...

Rue's Yardstick

This is one of those household items of Rue’s that has practical value. If you are anything like Rue, you will use this yardstick all the time, too. Rue used this for any of the things one uses a yardstick for; she used it to measure stuff and to draw straight edges. But mostly, Rue...

Pair of Rue's Soft and Protective Placemats and Napkins

Rue had a VERY expensive coffee table custom made by a Wisconsin artist the year before she passed away. When we’d sit in front of the television and eat while watching a movie – yes, Rue loved to do that too, just like everyone else – we would use these thick cotton placemats...

Rue's Framed Baby Photo (*UPDATE)

Rue kept this beautifully framed baby portrait of herself right inside the doorway of the master bathroom in her New York City apartment. As soon as you clicked on the light you’d come face to face with baby Rue. This is an original portrait from 1934 and it is still in excellent...

Rue's Raven

Do you think this is a raven? We aren’t quite sure. We also aren’t sure exactly what it was carved out of, soapstone, perhaps, but it is HEAVY! There are some initials scraped into the bottom – “D.B.” – and also some other symbols and numbers. This...

Pair of Rue's British Birds From '70s

Rue purchased these little ceramic birds during a trip to England in the early ’70s, and she displayed them in her homes for the next almost 40-years! They’ve been banged around in all the moves, but they are still standing. The one with the glued on tail up in the air is...

Three of Rue's Orphaned Glasses

As we’ve written before, no matter how rare or expensive an item was, if it had a purpose, Rue was going to use it for that intended purpose and not just display it in a cabinet. Naturally, things were chipped, damaged, and full out smashed to smithereens over the years. As a result,...

Rue's Framed American Indian Piece From ENRON Collection (Oh, dear!) (*UPDATE)

Rue felt a deep spiritual connection to the Native American People. She carried some Indian blood in her own heart, and she was proud of that fact, but it was more than that for her. The struggles they endured, their connection to Mother Earth and all of its inhabitants, and their creativity...

Rue's Framed Apache Wedding Blessing

This is a beautifully framed “Apache Wedding Blessing” that was written out by the calligrapher and artist Sherrie Lovler back in 1997. She also drew Native American designed drawings around the edge of the piece. Someone presented Rue with a framed copy of the blessing for her...

One of Rue's Framed Doilies

Here is another stunningly beautiful framed doily from Rue’s collection. The framed piece measures 15″ x 21.75″, and the doily itself is 7.27″ x 12.5″. The level of talent necessary to make this piece is HUGE, and Rue understood, recognized, and respected that...

Rue's Framed Pot Holders

Rue could see beauty in the most unlikely of places. For example: here she found beauty in a pair of pot holders. And because she was able to spot it, and she had the resources to then have the pieces professionally framed, and she lovingly placed them with her doily collection and hung them...

One of Rue's Framed Doilies From Her Collection

Here is another framed doily from Rue’s collection. This particular one measures 17.5″ across and it is a square frame. The doily itself is about 9″ across. The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.

$375

Rue'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...

Rue's "Chicago" Piece

This is a very special piece, and it was a very special piece to Rue, too. First, all on its own, this piece is amazing. Someone used an old cabinet door and created this one-of-a-kind piece of art. Special! Second, this was a particularly important piece to Rue because her sixth husband...

Rue's Large Framed Original Drawing of Shubert Alley

This original pencil drawing of Rue’s is quite large – the framed piece measures 22.75″ x 31″. It depicts Shubert Alley in the Broadway District of Manhattan and it was done in September of 1979 by an artist named Andreas Heise Bergamo. Mr. Bergamo could draw! ...

Rue's Pig Wearing Lipstick

$650



Rue's Old Man in a Hat Sculpture

This bizarre old man in a hat sculpture hung in the foyer of Rue’s Manhattan apartment. You can see it in the photos posted. By the way, the two women saying goodbye are the world-famous authoress Julia Cameron, in the full-length mink (you can image how Rue felt about that!), and her...

Rue's Oval Porcelain Vase With Tulips

Rue received this little oval shaped vase with tulips painted on the outside and some fresh cut tulips on the inside when she went into “Wicked” on Broadway. The friend who sent the piece really knew Rue’s taste because she took one look at it and said one of Rue’s...

Rue's Tall Mauve Vase

Rue managed to hang on to this vase without chipping, cracking or breaking it for almost 20-years. For Rue, that is REALLY good! The piece was in her California home, survived the move cross -country to NYC, and then two moves within Manhattan. Rue’s tall square mauve vase is heavy, it...

Rue's Large Round Tin

This tin was the latest addition to Rue’s extensive tin collection. She had pieces that went all the way back to the early 1900s but this piece, despite the vintage look, is modern. This is also the largest tin left in Rue’s collection – it is a full foot across. Rue’s...

Rue's Sugar/Tea/Flour Houses

Aren’t these wonderful? They are little houses with a purpose; the structures store flour, sugar and tea. The largest measures 11″ x 6″, the medium is 8.5″ x 4.75″ and the smallest is 6.5″ x 3.5″. Rue’s flour/sugar/tea containers are wood and...

Rue's Williams-Sonoma Heavy Porcelain Platter

This heavy porcelain platter of Rue’s is bigger than you might expect from the photos – it is 17″ long, 6.5″ wide, and it has a 1.5″ high rim around it. There seems to be some discoloration from a long ago buffet spread at one of Rue’s parties – it...

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