Carole Lombard wore that dress for "No Man Of Her Own" in 1932, and when it came up for auction a few years ago, its background was proven through a tag (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/348873.html):
Another item of Lombard clothing, this time a suit, has surfaced for Friday and Saturday's "Icons & Idols" auction by Julien's of Beverly Hills (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyoM6qNVjgE):
It too has an atelier tag from the studio:
Here's more information about the outfit:
That pic doesn't appear to have come from the catalog, you're thinking. That's because I went to Julien's earlier today and took some photos of the suit (with permission of the staff). Here it is from a few differing angles:
Note there should be a center in the skirt, as is the case with the mannequin in the catalog.
Precisely which film Lombard wore this suit in was uncertain to the staff, as well as to me. Someone there thought it may have been seen here...
...and although "The Gay Bride" was an MGM film, it's entirely possible the Paramount fashion crew may have created a suit for her to wear in this film (when filming "My Man Godfrey" for Universal two years later, Carole's gowns and other clothes were designed by Paramount's Travis Banton).
Julien's has experience selling Lombard items; earlier this year, it auctioned this 1931 pale green Banton gown:
The gown's estimated value was $5,000-$7,000 -- however, it went for $34,375! (If that's the case for the suit, it could go for far more than its maximum estimated value of $1,200.)
Here's the auction schedule:
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Friday, Dec. 5
Session I: 10 a.m. Pacific Time -- Icons & Idols
Session II: 2 p.m. Pacific Time -- Icons & Idols
Saturday, Dec. 6
Session III: 10 a.m. Pacific Time -- Icons & Idols
Property From The Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe
Session IV: 2 p.m. Pacific Time
Registering to Bid
Registration is required to bid in this live auction and can be done in person at the exhibition and auction, or online before the sale at the http://JuliensAuctions.com Registration page to bid by phone, proxy or in person, or online at http://JuliensLive.com to bid live online, or by calling (310) 836-1818.
There are four ways to bid in this sale:
* Bid through Julien's Auctions Online Live in Real Time at JuliensLive.com.
* Place bids in the room by attending the auction (Julien's is at 9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills).
* Bid over the telephone through an auction house representative, who sits in the room and conveys the bid to the auctioneer.
* Enter Absentee bids. Absentee bid forms are printed in the back of each catalogue, and are also available by calling Julien's Auctions at (310) 836-1818 or online at http://juliensauctions.com at our Register to Bid page.
Who knows...perhaps you'll wind up with Carole's suit.