January 15th, 2013

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What a gorgeous Pathe to follow!

carole lombard pathe cl-45a front

OK, so the studio is actually pronounced "path-AY"; ignore that and focus on the photo, showing a captivating, youthful Carole Lombard, probably from early 1929 or thereabouts. And yes, according to Pathe, it's not "Carole Lombard," but...

carole lombard pathe cl-45a back

..."Carol," as it insisted upon calling her. Whatever -- if beauty translated into power, Lombard was then among the most powerful 20-year-olds on earth, just by those eyes alone. (Although Constance Bennett's arrival at Pathe later this year negated such power.)

The portrait, CL-45, is listed in excellent condition -- and won't come cheaply. Bidding begins at $299.99, and bids will close at 4:56 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. You can find out more by going to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VERY-EARLY-VINTAGE-8X10-PORTRAIT-PHOTO-PATHE-PICTURES-/190784435493?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c6ba37525.

Pathe wasn't the only studio to use a "CL-xx" code for Lombard photos; so did RKO, where Carole worked for nearly two years. And the following sultry portrait is its CL-264:

carole lombard rko cl-264a

The seller advertises this as being from 1942, after Lombard had left the studio, leading one to think that this might have been issued as a posthumous tribute. Apparently not, however, because look at the lower left-hand corner of the print:

carole lombard rko cl-264a closeup

The date is clearly marked as "1941."

This single-weight glossy, in mint condition, has an opening bid of a mere $199.99, with bidding closing at 5:10 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. More information is available at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-8X10-PORTRAIT-PHOTO-RKO-1942-/200879416481?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec558a4a1#.

This seller, "babyjane-store," has two more heretofore unseen Lombard items. First, this keybook portrait, which looks to be from early in Carole's Paramount tenure:

carole lombard 2368a

Like the previous picture, it's in excellent condition with a minimum bid of $199; bids end at 5 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. Check it out at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-EARLY-VINTAGE-8X10-PORTRAIT-KEYBOOK-PHOTO-/190784437560?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c6ba37d38.

Finally, Carole with company...Coop...for Christmas. It's a publicity still of Lombard and Gary Cooper from the ultra-rare 1931 programmer "I Take This Woman":

carole lombard i take this woman 35a

Nice to uncover yet another Lombard holiday image, and if you'd like this 8" x 10" in mint condition for your collection (or as a Christmas 2013 gift for the Carole or Coop fan in your life), start bidding -- the minimum bid's only $99.99, with bids closing at 5:06 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. All the details are at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-GARY-COOPER-DECORATING-CHRISTMAS-TREE-VINTAGE-8X10-PHOTO-/200879413858?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec5589a62.

As of this writing, "babyjane-store" has 13 Lombard-related items. You can see them all at http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&item=190784437560&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&_osacat=0&hash=item2c6ba37d38&_ssn=babyjane-store&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40.
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