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Hutter to sell selections from Rue McClanahan's estate Dec. 17

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Written by ACN Staff   
Thursday, 08 December 2011 09:40

Portrait of Rue McClanahan by John Curran, pastel on paper, inscribed ‘To Rue’ signed John Curran lower right, matted and framed, 31 x 26 1/2 inches, together with documents and a photograph of McClanahan with artist. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Image courtesy of Hutter Auction Galleries.

NEW YORK – Choice items from the estate of Emmy Award-winning actress Rue McClanahan will star in Hutter Auction Galleries’ Fine and Decorative Arts Estates Auction on Saturday, Dec. 17. Offered will be scripts and costumes from the hit TV series Golden Girls, in which McClanahan played Blanche Devereaux, an oversexed Southern belle living with her three senior lady friends in Miami.

The auction will be conducted at Hutter’s gallery in the Cirkers Art Storage warehouse at 444 W. 55th St. (between Ninth and 10th avenues) in Manhattan and will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Furnishings from McClanahan’s apartment on East 56th Street will also be sold along with items from a 110 Central Park South Apartment, including jewelry and other collectibles.

“As we suspected there is a lot of interest in her costumes from Golden Girls. As they say, she was a floozy,” said Adam Hutter of Hutter Auction Galleries.

Several of the costumes were designed by Judy Davis, who won a prime-time Emmy Award in 1989 for costume design for Beauty and the Beast.

One of the Golden Girls costumes is a cream and black silk dressing robe and gown that Blanche wore in several episodes. This flowing outfit has a $500-$700 estimate and comes with a still photo and DVD of McClanahan wearing the costume on the set.

One of the scripts for sale is titled The Burglary, episode 003 and dated July 22, 1985. The cover is inscribed, “To Rue,” and signed by McClanahan’s costars Bea Arthur, Betty White and Estell Getty. It has a $400-$600 estimate.

The auction even has McClanahan’s 1990s driver’s license—on which she fibbed about her year of birth by a few years.

The sale also includes handwritten journals by McClanahan and costume jewelry she wore.

For details visit Hutter’s website at www.hutterauctions.com or phone 212-247-4791.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Portrait of Rue McClanahan by John Curran, pastel on paper, inscribed ‘To Rue’ signed John Curran lower right, matted and framed, 31 x 26 1/2 inches, together with documents and a photograph of McClanahan with artist. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Image courtesy of Hutter Auction Galleries.

‘Golden Girls’ costume, season 3, episodes 14/18/19 and season 5, episode 9, cream and black silk dressing robe with black lace three-quarter sleeve and cream silk gown, handmade by the show's costume designer Judy Evans, together with still and DVD of Rue wearing the costume. Estimate: $500-$700. Image courtesy of Hutter Auction Galleries.

Jaguar form costume jewelry bracelet, gilt metal and rhinestones with one green eye, with certificate of authenticity from the estate of Rue McClanahan. Estimate: $300-$500. Image courtesy of Hutter Auction Galleries.

‘Golden Girls’ script ‘The Burglary’ #003, dated July 22, 1985, cover inscribed ‘To Rue,’ signed by Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur and Betty White. Estimate: $400-$600. Image courtesy of Hutter Auction Galleries.

Rue McClanahan personal letter, two-sided in pencil on off-white paper, dated Oct. 28 and 29, 1957, signed ‘love, Rue,’ about her theater roles and current event, with original 8 x 10 black and white portrait from 1957. Estimate: $400-$600. Image courtesy of Hutter Auction Galleries.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 December 2011 10:27
 
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