September 19th, 2010

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It's Carole, by George

George Hurrell, the most renowned portrait photographer of classic Hollywood whose subjects included Norma Shearer, Jean Harlow and other legends, took his share of pictures of Carole Lombard as well, such as the one above that was Clark Gable's favorite (and signed on the back "Pa, I love you. Ma").

Now you have an opportunity to purchase two Hurrell images of Carole, double weight silver gelatin prints and printed with thirties-era technology in Hurrell's initial studio building by Mark A. Vieira, Hurrell's biographer (and author of the forthcoming Jean Harlow centennial book we noted recently at As Ben Mankiewicz would say of the Turner Classic Movies app for your cell phone, how cool is that?

The first portrait is fairly common; it comes from a 1934 session, and Hurrell used the image at an exhibition three years later:

The second portrait, considerably rarer, was shot at the same session. This time, Carole's arms are crossed and she looks directly at the camera -- very charming:

Each photo also contains a certificate of authenticity and copies of letters from Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Helmut Newton discussing Hurrell.

Three prints of each portrait are available; you can purchase each for $59.99 under eBay's "buy it now" policy or make an offer. Both will be available at eBay until Oct. 1. For the "leaning" portrait, go to; for the "arms crossed" print, visit
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