Since then, we've learned a few additional things. First, the seller is none other than Jerry Ohlinger's, a famed movie memorabilia store in New York. The price may seem steep, but one would think the people at Ohlinger's know there are a few collectors out there who would pay nearly $500 (at the least) for an original Lombard negative. (Unfortunately, I'm not one of them...and likely, neither are you.) We've also learned there are 17 additional negatives of Carole now being offered at eBay, all for a minimum bid of $499.99 apiece.
I'm not going to review all of them -- though if you want to see Ohlinger's collection of Lombard items, which includes a few things for a mere $9.99, go to http://stores.ebay.com/movie-material-store/_i.html?_nkw=Carole+Lombard&submit=Search&_sid=184728870 -- but several of these are new to me (and possibly you, too). So here are some highlights.
First, Carole in a long, dark dress (likely a Travis Banton creation):
No p1202 number is given, but I'm guessing it to be from 1934 or '35. It'll be available through 3:32 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday; to learn more, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Original-8x10-studio-Negative-photo-/110581330482?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bf293232
Next, Carole engaged in conversation with a very lucky gentleman, even if he is smoking:
Not sure where this was taken (probably the Paramount commissary), nor is there a p1202 number. But it's beautiful, and is at http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Original-8x10-studio-Negative-photo-/110581330951?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bf293407 until 3:33 p.m. (Eastern) tomorrow.
We've run a few stills showing Lombard at the bowling alley, but I don't recall seeing this:
(Incidentally, I'm not sure Carole's wearing regulation bowling shoes.) Again, no p1202 number, bidding closes at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, and it can be found at http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Original-8x10-studio-Negative-photo-/110581331543?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bf293657.
Back to Carole in conversation; the gentleman she'd been talking to has just risen from his seat and wants to get in one more discussion with her:
To me, her facial expression looks very Ginger Rogers (hope the Ginger fans won't mind the comparison). Like the others so far, there is no p1202 number. Bidding on this one ends at 3:54 tomorrow; go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Original-8x10-studio-Negative-photo-/110581340325?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bf2958a5.
To borrow a Bing Crosby lyric, a photo of Lombard in a swimsuit is easy to remember, but so hard to forget. And since I don't recall seeing this one before, it's likely most of you have never seen it, either:
We finally have a photo with a number -- it's p1202-1239. Here, the bids conclude at 3:58 p.m. Thursday, and you can learn more by visiting http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Original-8x10-studio-Negative-photo-/110581342015?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bf295f3f.
Here's Carole at home, specifically her famed Hollywood Boulevard home of the mid-1930s designed by William Haines:
We can make out part of a p1202 number to the lower right-hand corner of this photo, but too much of it was cropped out to detect it. This will be off the market at 4:02 p.m. tomorrow, at http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Original-8x10-studio-Negative-photo-/110581343563?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bf29654b.
Finally, here's Lombard, fetching in fur:
Ohlinger's states this is p1202-98, but I beg to differ. For one thing, that would have been from early in Carole's career -- 1930 or '31. This looks to be from later in her Paramount tenure. Second, that version of the "CAROLE LOMBARD" inscription in the lower left-hand corner wasn't used in the early '30s. Finally, here is p1202-98, from Carla Valderrama's Lombard photo archive:
I'm guessing there's a third digit we can't see, although Valderrama's archive shows different poses for p1202-980 and 985. Anyway, the negative from Ohlinger's will be available for bidding through 4:04 p.m. (Thursday) at http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Original-8x10-studio-Negative-photo-/110581344665?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19bf296999.
If you win Powerball tonight (or have already won the grand prize in MegaMillions), bid on sll 23 of these negatives. Heck, assuming there are no other bids, it'll only set you back a scant $11,500 or so.