Wrote Carla, "Ok. I admit it: I stink. I should not have neglected the website and left all of you hanging but I am writing a book about our beloved Miss Lombard and have been dedicating 100% of my time and energy towards it.
"My hope is to provide more updates on this site and I appreciate your patience during this very busy time."
Okay, we figured she was working on the book during her absence, and we're glad she's back, safe and sound. But thanks to Carla, I also learned that Profiles In History is having another of its periodic auctions of Hollywood memorabilia next week. Several Carole Lombard items are included, but the big one is this:
What is this item of clothing, and what makes it so interesting? It's a plaid vest Lombard wore in her role as Kay Dowling in the 1931 Paramount film "I Take This Woman," in which she co-starred with recent postage stamp honoree Gary Cooper (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/239876.html). This is the film that was feared lost for decades until a 16mm print was found in 1998 at the Maine home of the author of the book the movie was adapted from; that print has since been restored and copied (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/45444.html).
Here's how it appears on page 175 of the catalog, complete with a small photo of Carole wearing the vest and proof this outfit was assigned to Lombard (though apparently the back of the vest was modified slightly for use in a later production:
There aren't that many costumes from Lombard films still around, so this is a welcome find. Bidding is recommended to begin at between $800 to $1,200, though it could end up significantly higher depending upon interest.
The four other Lombard items are all portraits, taken by Otto Dyar and Eugene Robert Richee for Paramount, Robert Coburn for United Artists and Jack Freulich for Universal. None of the images are especially rare; the Coburn portrait is valued at between $800 and $1,200, while the others are valued at $600 to $800.
For more on the auction, go to http://www.profilesinhistory.com/, then type "Carole Lombard" in the "search" area.
Oh, and G.D., we're still looking for you.