September 13th, 2009

carole lombard 07
  • vp19

A Lombard hat trick

The Washington Redskins begin their season today, which is always a big deal around D.C., while the Washington Nationals are limping toward another 100-loss season (and, most likely, the top pick in next year's amateur draft). But for many of us in Washington, the excitement doesn't concern football or baseball, but hockey, thanks to the Capitals' thrilling Alexander Ovechkin, arguably the world's best player after only four years in the NHL. He's won the MVP two years in a row, and some of his goals are the stuff of highlight reels. The Caps, who just opened training camp, are gradually building their team around him, and area fans are hoping for a Stanley Cup in the near future.

There's a term in hockey called a "hat trick," referring to a player scoring three goals in one game. (Fans would throw their hats -- preferably cheap ones -- onto the ice whenever a player achieved such a feat.) I doubt Carole Lombard ever touched a hockey stick in her life -- the National Hockey League didn't come to Los Angeles until a quarter-century after her death -- but one look at this photo, and you'll say to yourself, "She shoots, she scores!"

It's a gorgeous original photo -- the hat, the eyes, the way she places her hand on the side of her neck. It looks to be from the early 1930s; according to the seller, there is a Paramount courtesy stamp on the back, though I don't see any information ("P1202-" or otherwise) on the front. It's said to be in excellent condition.

This portrait will sell for triple digits, and deservedly so; as of this writing, two bids have been made, currently topping at $102.50. However, bidding won't close until 11 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, so the price could conceivably go much higher. If you want to get in on the action, go to Those eyes, that glance could light up the lamp in just about any arena.

  • Current Mood
    excited excited