April 29th, 2019

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'Absolutely authentic'...and expensive, too



Ever wanted your own autographed Carole Lombard picture? Well, you can...but more on that later. But if you have any doubt about the veracity of the signature, here's a close-up:



And a comment from my unquestioned authority on Lombard autographs, Carole Sampeck:

"Absolutely authentic. ...Nice, clean signature, no inscription. Fair contrast."

She also notes:

"The image, while charming, is more of a grab-shot, as opposed to a portrait -- CL is just another detail in the photo, like the flowers and her dachsie (which is actually pretty fun)."

Yep, that's Commissioner. The photo is from 1938 (March 25 specifically, as noted on the back).

But now the details. It's 13 1/4" x 10 1/4", and has a certificate of authenticity from parent company Gallery of History, Inc. And, oh yes, the price: A whopping $2,600, which can be paid at $125 a month for 24 months. Says Sampeck:

"...the price is authentically silly, even for a trimmed-down 11" x 14". ... But for $2,600? Only if I've just won the lottery and have already completed purchasing both the Encino house and the Fort Wayne house."

Fortunately, the seller gives buyers the "make offer" option. Check out the item at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED-PHOTOGRAPH-CIRCA-1938/372661399468?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3Dc87b9bf24b794433b79a2b4f43d83895%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D372661399468%26itm%3D372661399468&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.
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