Prepare to be overwhelmed.
"White Woman," arguably the most outrageous film of Carole Lombard's career, has its share of fascinating artifacts. Among them is a poster that we've shown in the past (albeit not in a long time), but chances are you've never seen it like this before. That's because this full-bleed one-sheet, measuring 26 1/4" x 39 3/4" (yes, slightly more than one meter long!), is being auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries this month.
On its website, Heritage offers an option to "view larger size," and in this case, large means large -- if it's not full-size, it's awfully close to it. So here's the poster; double-click to view it in all its gargantuan glory:
If you're a bit hesitant to work with something of that size, I've isolated Carole's head being gazed at from below by co-star Kent Taylor, but at the same scale as the entire poster, a less problematic double-click:
While not the biggest poster from one of Carole's movies (that honor probably goes to an 80-inch one-sheet from "Love Before Breakfast" that showed a full-length Lombard at slightly larger than lifesize), it's nonetheless impressive. As Heritage puts it:
"On this rare and dramatic one sheet, Lombard's classic blonde beauty is rendered to perfection along with co-stars Laughton and Kent Taylor. This is the first time we have ever seen this full-bleed one sheet and the only one we are aware of; a sensational item for eager collectors. It had only a pinhole in each corner, which have been professionally restored. Very Fine on Linen."
Unfortunately (and, as you might guess), you'll need to have a giant bank account in order to acquire this rarity. The current high bid is $7,500, and the minimum next bid is $8,000 -- and in some auction circles, that might be considered a bargain, because Heritage appraises its value as between $15,000 and $25,000.
If you have that kind of dough lying around, be aware that absentee bidding ends at 11 p.m. (Eastern) March 24, with a live auction the next day. Want to bid, or at least online window shop? Go to http://movieposters.ha.com/common/view_item.php?Sale_No=7035&Lot_No=83277.