May 30th, 2013

carole lombard 04
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Signed, oversized and gorgeous

carole lombard autograph 81a front

An autographed photo of Carole Lombard is always something collectors desire, and that's certainly true in this instance. It's glossy, sepia toned, on double weight stock and is oversized (10 3/4" X 13 3/4"). And if you have any doubt the Lombard signature is the real deal, take a closer look:

carole lombard autograph 81a inset

Carole inscribed it to a "Peggy," although for some unknown reason she put quotation marks around her own name. The back reveals it to be a portrait by Paramount's Otto Dyar, and also provides additional information:

carole lombard autograph 81a back

Lombard's only two productions with William Powell at Paramount were "Man Of The World" and "Ladies' Man," neither of which includes a Peggy in the cast. So it's possible this woman was a studio employee, uncredited extra or someone who dropped by the set one day.

The photo is pretty stunning...and by now, pretty expensive, too. As of this writing, 18 bids have been made for this, topping out at a whopping $1,525. By the time bidding ends at 9:39 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday, this may surpass the $2,000 mark -- perhaps a bit too rich for mortals such as us. However, if you win at Mega Millions Friday or Powerball Saturday, or a fabulously wealthy aunt or uncle bequeaths you a five-figure (or larger) sum, go for it. Place a bid, or learn more, at http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-30s-SIGNED-OVERSIZE-DYAR-DOUBLEWEIGHT-PHOTO-MESMERIZING-/390602260901?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5af1b581a5.
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