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The eyes have it (do they ever!)

Posted by vp19 on 2011.03.28 at 00:11
Current mood: cheerfulcheerful
The great singer-songwriter Jackie De Shannon may never have made them a subject for a song, but Carole Lombard's eyes were among her greatest assets. For proof, check out this photo:

It's from Paramount in the early 1930s, and an original in excellent condition; I don't believe it was part of its p1202 Lombard portrait series. There apparently was a snipe on the back, but it isn't there anymore. The photo measures 7.5" x 9.5", and while Carole is wearing a hat, it's still evident she's one of "those charming, alarming blonde women" Marlene Dietrich used to sing about.

No bids have been placed on this yet, perhaps because the minimum bid is $249.95. Bidding closes at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday. If you want to learn more, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-30s-GORGEOUS-EYES-Portrait-/380325241848?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588d26a3f8.

Here's another "eyes" photo, from Eugene Robert Richee early in Lombard's days at Paramount (we know because there's a reference to "Safety In Numbers"):

It's also available for $294.95, but under the "buy it now" option. To purchase, or to look, head over to http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-30-GORGEOUS-EYES-Portrait-RICHEE-/400204975820?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d2e134ecc.

If both are a bit beyond your reach, here's another Lombard photo that might be more your speed:

It's Paramount p1202-857, from 1934, and Carole's wearing the same outfit seen in the more common p1202-862:

857 is an 8" x 10" reprint on modern photostock paper from the 1980s or so. You can buy it now for $12.50 or make an offer; if unsold, it will be available through April 24. Interested? Then go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-ONE-8x10-bxw-photo-CLEARANCE-40-/370496204769?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item56434b6fe1.

And in honor of the upcoming baseball season (major league opening day is Thursday), this week's header is a pic of Lombard throwing out the first pitch in 1938 at Los Angeles Wrigley Field. Play ball!

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