April 17th, 2013

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Hand colored, hand signed

There are those who don't care much for hand-colored pictures of vintage movie stars such as Carole Lombard, though it must be acknowledged that the best of them can be incredibly realistic. This portrait of Carole hardly meets such criteria...but it does feature her autograph, which more than makes up for it:

carole lombard autograph 79a

Of course, the next question is, is this the real deal? Let's take a closer look:

carole lombard autograph 79a closeup

It's signed "Cordially, Carole Lombard," a frequent message of hers. It's in green ink, generally (but not always) her preferred ink color. And the signature appears genuine (the seller says it's not a reproduction). I deem it legit.

It's 5.5" x 7", in excellent condition, and bidding begins at $125. Sold at that price, it would be a bargain, but since bids don't close until 10:40 p.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday, expect the final price to be substantially higher.

You can bid -- or learn more -- by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-Authentic-Hand-Signed-Autograph-on-Hand-Colored-Photo-/121096471188?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c31e98294.

Lombard's back in her horizontally-striped shirt, this time for a profile shot, in her latest LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-67.
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