December 23rd, 2019

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In the picture from 'Eisie,' for more than two grand

Carole Lombard was blessed to live at a time when her ethereal appearance could be captured by some of the best photographers in history. She was an ideal subject for George Hurrell and other legendary masters of Hollywood studio stills, and in 1938 a German refugee now working for an American pictorial publication shot some images of her. Alfred Eisenstaedt's Oct. 17, 1938 surprisingly subdued cover portrait of Carole for Life magazine is probably his best-known picture of her, but he took many other Lombard shots while in Hollywood, such as this one: This again is proof Lombard could exude a restrained sort of glamour, that her personality had more to it than a smile or mere exuberance. And this original photo from Eisenstaedt (1898-1995) is now up for auction at eBay. The pic itself measures 8" x 10", but its mat size is 14" x 17": On the back is a stamp from the PIX agency where Eisenstaedt worked: It's a ferrotyped gelatin silver print. The seller says there are "a few scattered handling marks in right center; convex area in upper left from writing on verso; two crinkle marks in lower left quadrant; all visible only in raking light and under very close inspection. A gorgeous print!" And, as might be expected, it won't come cheaply. The initial on this item is a whopping $2,200, with the auction closing at 3:59 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. A lot, to be sure, but 'Eisie' took many memorable photos, including this iconic shot from the V-J Day celebration in Times Square in 1945: To bid or simply learn more, visit
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