June 7th, 2014

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There's no place like home

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The house at 7953 Hollywood Boulevard that Carole Lombard called home from 1934 to 1936 long has fascinated her fans. She moved into the house, decorated by former film star William Haines, during her ill-fated romance with Russ Columbo, and moved out soon after falling in love with Clark Gable; in between, Lombard briefly gained renown as the film community's premier party-giver, while her stature in Hollywood rose.

Now, the photo at top and three other vintage pics, all taken by esteemed photographer John Engstead, are available at eBay. All have a minimum bid of $24.99, or you can buy each one for $39.99. Unfortunately, all four have "eBay only" markings, such as on the one above:

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The good news is that all of the photos have been marked in such a way that Carole's appearance isn't affected (all are to the side), so I've cropped them out of the other three images without any adversity to them. So here's Lombard, clad in white...

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...back in black again...

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...and at her piano:

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According to the seller, these photos are 8" x 10", in great condition and "so much sharper in person." Bids will end between 9:52 and 9:54 a.m. (Eastern) Thursday.

To buy or bid on the photo at top, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-PHOTO-CANDID-WILLIAM-HAINES-JOHN-ENGSTEAD-PHOTOGRAPHER-/331223994891?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item4d1e7d120b. For the second, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-PHOTO-CANDID-WILLIAM-HAINES-JOHN-ENGSTEAD-PHOTOGRAPHER-/231250766804?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item35d79eabd4. The third can be found at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-PHOTO-CANDID-WILLIAM-HAINES-JOHN-ENGSTEAD-PHOTOGRAPHER-/331223995799?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item4d1e7d1597. And as for the last, with Lombard at the piano, check out http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-PHOTO-CANDID-WILLIAM-HAINES-JOHN-ENGSTEAD-PHOTOGRAPHER-/231250765774?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item35d79ea7ce.

And Carole hopes you enjoyed her photographic open house.

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