October 17th, 2014

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Carole, Clark and a cup

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The year 1939 was winding down, and Carole Lombard -- nearing the nine-month anniversary of her marriage to Clark Gable -- decided to present him with a special gift for Christmas. The result? This loving cup:

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Oh, and just so Clark wouldn't forget who it came from:

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The silver cup (including a octagonal base added later on) measures about 10" x 11"; it's in very good condition. It's valued between $400 and $600, and is among three Lombard-related items available at Profiles in History's Hollywood Auction 65. Other items include a 1940-41 RKO yearbook, with a portrait of Carole promoting "Mr. & Mrs. Smith":

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Of course, the big selling point to this book...

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...is the presence of one Orson Welles and his "John Citizen, U.S.A." (we all know Welles kept the "Citizen," but added all sorts of other controversies)...

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...though animation buffs might like seeing this:

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Finally, MGM publicist William R. Ferguson had a large collection of "Gone With The Wind" photographs, two of which showed Carole at the Atlanta premiere:

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For more on the Lombard items, as well as links to participating in the auction, visit http://www.liveauctioneers.com/search?q=carole+lombard&hasimage=true&by_date=2014-10-18T04%3A40%3A21.985Z.
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