It's been a few days since we examined eBay for new items of Carole Lombard memorabilia, and look at what just came up -- an exquisite portrait of Carole from the early 1930s. While there is no snipe on the back, there is a stamp with this information:
This "incredible photograph of the ever enchanting Carole Lombard," as the seller describes it, was taken by Paramount's ace house photographer, Eugene Robert Richee. The seller believes this original 8" x 10" silver gelatin portrait was taken in 1930 -- and it well may be, but if it is it's from late in the year; Lombard didn't adopt "Carole," with an "e," as her first name for good until that fall, after "Fast And Loose" was in theaters. There's no p1202 number either, which makes it difficult to pin down a precise date.
The photo is in pretty good shape for something that's more than eight decades old. There's slight discoloration and minor denting, but not much more. The starting bid is $99 (none has yet been made as of this writing), with bidding closing at 12:24 a.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday. If this interests you, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Extraordinary-Early-Portrait-CAROLE-LOMBARD-c-1930-/190590214327?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c600fe0b7 to bid or find out more.
Another original 8" x 10" early '30s portrait, this one p1202-155, is also available:
Bidding here starts somewhat higher ($194.95) and ends somewhat sooner -- 11:15 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday. You can check it out at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-EARLY-30s-GORGEOUS-BEAUTY-Portrait-/380376033717?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58902da9b5.
The same seller has this exquisite 8" x 10", p1202-205, showing Lombard at her blondest:
The starting bid price for this? A whopping $344.95, with bids closing at 10:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday. If Carole's blonde beauty mesmerizes you to the point where you must own this portrait, click on http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Carole-Lombard-EARLY-30s-GORGEOUS-Blonde-Portrait-/400250635501?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d30cc04ed.