Well, never fear, because the seller of that pic has another one up for auction, also from Gable's personal scrapbook. And here it is:
Photographically, it's not as sharp as the pic from yesterday...but it more than compensates with the casual charm of Clark and Carole. Look at Lombard beaming as she puts her arms around her man's shoulders. (Though I'm sure if Gable's eyes were to wander towards some MGM starlet, Carole might put those arms a bit higher -- around his neck.) Meanwhile, Clark, in glasses, tries to nonchalant his feelings. Nice try, Mr. Gable.
The seller doesn't know when or where this was taken, but judging from what they're wearing, it likely was one of their hunting trips. I'm hoping Carole Sampeck of The Lombard Archive might be able to pinpoint this.
Whereas yesterday's photo remains at $199.99 as of this writing, today's photo has a current high bid of $81...though this has five bids so far, compared to three for the other. Bidding on this closes at 5:22 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday.
If you want to get in on the action for this 5" x 3 1/2" photo heretofore unseen by the public, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/1-OF-KIND-1940-CLARK-GABLE-ESTATE-PHOTO-CAROLE-LOMBARD_W0QQitemZ120505604664QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item1c0eb19a38.