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It's part of her Heritage

Posted by vp19 on 2012.03.06 at 09:26
Current mood: excitedexcited


This Paramount portrait of Carole Lombard with husband William Powell (a former Paramount player who had moved to Warners) is from late 1931, as it notes Carole has recuperated from a recent illness (that forced her to bow out of a role in "The Greeks Had A Word For Them") and was working on her next film, "No One Man." (The reference "honeymoon home" is a bit misleading, as the couple had married in late June.) It's an 8" x 10" being sold this month at Heritage Auctions, and you can bid on the photo, available through 11 a.m. (Eastern) March 24, or simply get more information at http://movieposters.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=7055&lotNo=83904.

Two other Lombard items are part of the auction as well. First, how about Carole and Cary (Grant, of course)? Here they are as a romantic couple in 1939's "In Name Only," complete with a snipe on the back and a stamp from the library at the Register and Tribune syndicate in Des Moines:




This is a large-scale (10.25" x 13.25"), double-weight glossy, with the same sales conditions as the Powell photo. Find out more -- and perhaps place a bid -- at http://movieposters.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=7055&lotNo=84174.

Finally, an image of the young Lombard from famed photographer Edwin Bower Hesser that we've run before, but as Heritage notes, "Early Lombard images are hard to come by, and are always top pieces for collectors." This should explain why:




Whereas the other two items have a minimum bid of $1, bids for this vintage double weight, cream-toned bromide, matte 10" x 13.25" photo begin at $150; its estimated value is $300 to $600. If you're a serious Lombard collector wanting to add a Hesser portrait, this is probably a good place to start. All the information is at http://movieposters.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=7055&lotNo=83903.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions (http://www.ha.com) has all sorts of memorabilia available, including a group of 30 ultra-rare posters from 1930-31 found in Berwick, Pa. that will be auctioned later this month (http://mubi.com/notebook/posts/movie-poster-of-the-week-the-public-enemy-and-the-berwick-discovery-of-lost-movie-posters). None in that group are Lombard films, but discoveries include two from "The Public Enemy," a super-rare image and the more common poster showing James Cagney with Jean Harlow...



...Barbara Stanwyck's "Ten Cents A Dance" (produced by Lionel Barrymore)...



..."Cimarron," which won the Academy Award for best picture in 1931...



...and the extremely rare 1931 poster of the first version of "The Maltese Falcon," where Ricardo Cortez portrays Sam Spade:



It's the stuff that collectors' dreams are made of.


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