Carole Lombard, in all her beauty, from mid-1935 in Paramount's p1202-1161 -- a heretofore unseen image from my years of tracking down Lombard portraits. It's among several items of hers available at Profiles In History's latest "Icons Of Hollywood" auction.
All the items relating to Carole will be auctioned at session 1, at 2 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. The photo above is to be auctioned in tandem with this, an image I've run before without knowing its number (it's p1202-1279, made in early 1936 as Lombard was making "The Princess Comes Across"):
The two photos, each measuring 8" x 10", are valued between $200 and $300. Oh, and speaking of "Princess," a copy of its script is available:
This probably belonged to actor David Clyde, who portrayed an assistant purser in the ship-set film. It's dated Feb. 4, 1936 with blue revision pages dated Feb. 14. The cast can be seen in the background of this onionskin paper, and it shows George Raft as the male lead before he walked out and Fred MacMurray replaced him (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/166158.html). The start price is $400, with its value ranging up to $600.
Two other Lombard portrait stills are being sold as a set, one by Otto Dyar of a Travis Banton outfit from 1932 (no number listed), the other from 1937 (p1202-1501):
This will run a bit more than the other set, with bids beginning at $300.
Two autographed Lombard pictures will also be up for bidding. This one starts at $600...
...while bids on this one begin at a mere $200:
There's one more Lombard-related item at the auction -- a sketch by Edith Head for the film "Gable And Lombard," showing a snappy jacket and slacks outfit Carole's character is to wear. (It looks like something she'd have worn, but that face Head drew more closely resembles Marlene Dietrich than Lombard, whom Head knew from her early days at Paramount.)
Bids for it will start at $300.
Other stars of Lombard's time will have items auctioned, too. Take, for instance, this luscious Jean Harlow autographed photo:
She signed it, "Youse guys I adore you never forget that -- Jean." Youse? Maybe this was taken for "The Beast Of The City," where she played a gangster's moll. Whatever, it's 10" x 13", taken by Clarence Sinclair Bull, and bids will start at $1,000.
Myrna Loy has a set of six nitrate negatives taken by Bull and Russell Ball, of which my favorite is this:
The border of the image shows it was taken by Bull on Nov. 3, 1932. The Loy set has an opening bid of $400.
Myrna's stablemate at MGM for a brief time, Marion Davies, is also represented. Her three-negative set, which begins at $200, ranges from the sublime (George Hurrell probably took this one)...
...to the ridiculous:
Can anyone explain what this was for? Is the mega-Marion floating on air or standing on tip-toes atop the speedboat (in which case her weight would probably crush it, anyway)? Had a script for "Attack Of The 50-Foot Woman" been lying around a quarter-century before the film was made? (That remark is facetious.) I'm guessing this was created by Bull, who liked to do camera tricks (think of his famous image of Greta Garbo as the Sphinx, a picture Garbo reportedly loved), but I still can't figure out why.
You can learn more about the auction, which also features items from the usual suspects like Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, by going to http://www.profilesinhistory.com/highlights/icons-of-hollywood-auction.