It's an elegant Lombard, outfit trimmed in fur. The negative is deemed in "excellent plus" condition, and something of that quality naturally doesn't come cheap; the starting bid is $350, with bidding ending at 10:05 p.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday. Want to place a bid, or just curious? Find out more about it at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-8-x-10-STUDIO-NEGATIVE-/350517714632?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item519c7bdec8.
A blog that I've come to enjoy quite a bit in recent months is http://classicmoviechat.com, which revisits classic Hollywood history and attempts to separate myth from reality. It's plenty of fun, and I think you'll come to like it, too.
This is a good time to bring it up because one of its "Classic Movie Guys," Joe Morella, co-wrote a book about Lombard (and three of her contemporaries) with Edward Z. Epstein in the mid-seventies that now happens to be up for sale at eBay:
"Gable & Lombard & Powell & Harlow" is more a breezy read than a definitive biography, as you might expect from a paperback that was probably Dell's way of potentially cashing in from the "Gable And Lombard" biopic hitting screens in February 1976. (Then the movie came out, and Dell realized there would be no cashing in.) Nevertheless, it has a nice feel for its quartet of subjects.
The seller copied some of the book's promotional blurbs, and here they are, just as the seller typed it:
"Gable -- the greatest screen lover of them all -- Lombard -- a liberated woman far ahead of her time -- Powell -- the epitome of screen sophistication -- Harlow -- the sexual boomshell who exploded into fame in films........These four came together in a very adult love story that never would have gotten past the censors of their day. This is how Hollywood really was, in the time of its most outrageous splendor. These are the stars as they really were, in all their larger than life flamboyance and their very human emotions."
Love that inadvertent phrase "sexual boomshell" -- sounds like something Swedish-dialect comic El Brendel would have said. Moreover, in the sales header, the seller lists the fourth member of the team as "Gene Harlow," not to be confused with '40s Fox star "Jean Tierney," I guess.
You can buy the book straight up for $14.99 -- roughly ten times its cost on paperback racks some 37 years ago -- or make an offer. Simply go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clark-Gable-Carole-Lombard-William-Powell-Gene-Harlow-/320831446005?pt=US_Nonfiction_Book&hash=item4ab30b5bf5 for further information.
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