vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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A Universal triumph

Choose the analogy you desire -- the stock market, women's hemlines, Alice's height in Wonderland -- but the number of Carole Lombard-related items being auctioned on eBay has sharply increased and decreased of late.

Not long ago, checking "Carole Lombard" under all categories at the site would result in about 300 matches or so. A few weeks back, the number suddenly rose to about 1,500 or so, largely triggered by some sellers who had scores of pictures to sell. A few days ago, it returned to its familiar territory of about 350; now, at latest count, it's at 1,620.

It'd be nice if this resulted in a lot of new and exciting items, but truth be told, most of them are still photos that most collectors have either previously seen, or own. (Some of the more inexperienced sellers how common many of these images are, and thus incorrectly label them as "rare.') But every now and then, there's gold amongst the dross. Here's an example:

This image -- one I'm pretty sure I haven't come across before -- was taken at Universal by photographer William Walling to promote "My Man Godfrey." We know this because the snipe is available:

It reads:



UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Only a few years ago she was a madcap school girl known to the neighbors as little Jane Peters. But now she is known to millions as Carole Lombard, beautiful and glamorous star of motion pictures. From the moment she played opposite John Barrymore in "Twentieth Century," this former Los Angeles school girl has skyrocketed in fame and fortune. Her performance in Universal's "My Man Godfrey" definitely marked her as one of the greatest box office names in pictures. Meanwhile, Miss Lombard's charm and colorful personality have been winning friends until she reigns today as one of the most popular of filmdom's favorites in private life."

Attractive comments, complementing an attractive picture. (And others must feel that way, too; as of this writing, nine bids have been made, with the top being for $30.)

You can get involved in the bidding, too, though you don't have much time -- bids close at 3:10 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-original-11x14-photo-by-William-Walling_W0QQitemZ220576060666QQcmdZViewItemQQptZArt_Photo_Images?hash=item335b5b94fa.

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