Isn't that stunning? Look at that smile.
According to the seller, "It is back-stamped 'Oct. 17, 1938,' and shows Miss Lombard laughing as she sits on what looks like a motor bike of some kind. The photo appears to have been taken on a studio back-lot." The lot was most likely Selznick International in Culver City, since in the fall of '38 that's where she was working, making "Made For Each Other" with James Stewart.
Several other photos of Lombard on her motor bike have surfaced over the years, including one where she's showing it off to Sabu when the film star from India was visiting Los Angeles for the first time:
Also on the back of the top picture, the seller says, are the phrases "Photo by PIX PUBLISHING" as well as "Used in TIME." Interesting, since the Oct. 17, 1938 date cited above was the date of the issue on which Lombard was the cover subject of Time's younger and larger-sized sister, Life magazine.
This candid classic of Carole -- 8" x 10", in very good condition -- is being auctioned at eBay, but bidding concludes at 8:14 p.m. (Eastern) tonight. Two bids have already been made as of this writing, the higher being for $10.99. If you'd like this photo for your collection, or are simply interested in learning more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-motorbike-ORIG-1938-backlot-candid-/260669389640?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb11b3b48.