March 10th, 2012

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The return of the vest

Not many costumes Carole Lombard wore in her movies are around today, but this one is. It's the vest she's wearing above from a scene in 1931's "I Take This Woman." This is the same vest that was put up for auction in the fall of 2009 ( Now, it's part of the monthly entertainment lot from Heritage Auctions, which has taken some new images of the item.

The Heritage description:

Made of blue, red, and yellow plaid wool, five button front closure, brownish-colored silk back, inside 'Hook, Ltd.' label reads "No. B10283 / April 1931 / Carol [sic] Lombard," further Paramount label reading "BR5," additional Paramount Pictures wardrobe stamp on inside lining; worn as the actress portrayed "Kay Dowling" in the film that co-starred Gary Cooper. (Please note this vest was altered for a later use and its silk back is heavily tattered around the shoulder area.)

I have no idea what its later use could have been; one hopes Paramount has the answer somewhere in its archives, or that a truly eagle-eyed cinematic fashion expert might know the answer.

The opening bid for this is $600, though Heritage estimates its value is at least twice that amount. Absentee bidding ends at 11 p.m. (Eastern) March 29, with a live floor session in Dallas the following day.

If you've dreamed of owning something Lombard not only wore, but actually used in a film -- one that was on the brink of extinction before being rescued ( -- here's your chance, though it will cost you plenty of pretty pennies. Want to try, anyway? Go to

Oh, and one more selling point: Not only did Carole Lombard wear it, but Gary Cooper held it.

Speaking of holding, as of 9:45 a.m. (Eastern) today, Lombard holds a 75-15 lead over Gail Patrick in the first round of the "Funny Ladies" division of the Silents/1930s bracket of the 2012 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney. Other matches in that division are one-sided, too: Myrna Loy 72, Margaret Dumont 12; Jean Harlow 64, Marie Dressler 17; and Jean Arthur 66, Margaret Sullavan 17. In the "Singers & Dancers" division, it's Irene Dunne 76, Luise Rainer 8; Ginger Rogers 52, Joan Blondell 29; and in two fairly tight matches, Jeanette MacDonald leads Mae West, 45-38 (Jeanette must have jazzed up her lingerie and wore some of her Paramount-era step-ins!), and Hattie McDaniel has a 45-39 edge on Shirley Temple.

You have until 10 p.m. (Eastern) tonight to vote, if you haven't already done so. Go to for more information.
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