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Worth a 'Look' today

Slightly more than a year and a half ago, we discussed the pictorial magazine Look and its coverage of Carole Lombard (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/93954.html and http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/94261.html). It so happens that the issue of Look with the most extensive coverage of Carole -- from May 11, 1937, only its sixth issue -- is currently being auctioned. It's a multipage spread on the romance of Lombard and Clark Gable, done slightly more than a year into their relationship but nearly two years before it resulted in marriage. Here's the rather grotesque cover of the issue:



Assuming you've survived that, here's the section; I apologize if the photos aren't in optimal viewing condition (double-click to see them at large size):






When I ran the photo of the Lombard scar shown above, I was asked whether it was true that she sued Look for publishing it. I had never heard of such a suit being filed, which doesn't mean she wasn't unhappy with the picture; even had the scar been airbrushed out, it simply wasn't very flattering. (Lombard wasn't vain about her looks by any means, but certainly was aware of their professional importance.) Moreover, her accident, and scar, were hardly a secret.

In 1938, she wrote a piece for Look on the world's 10 most interesting men outside of Hollywood. Perhaps she did that as sort of a settlement, since she must have known a lawsuit would have been in sharp contrast to her self-effacing image.

The minimum bid for this magazine is just $2.99 -- and what's surprising is that no one as of this writing has placed a bid. It's listed in "very good" condition, and a price of $2.99 would be a bargain for any Lombard or Gable fan, given the many pictures (several of them rather rare) in this spread. You don't have much time left to bid, as this auction closes just after 7:40 p.m. (Eastern) tonight. To place a bid or just to learn more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-10-PAGE-ISSUE-LOOK-1937_W0QQitemZ360205148192QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMagazines?hash=item53dde66020.
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