On the same Paramount lot where Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray were photographed on a giant swing for the 1937 film "Swing High, Swing Low," someone 20 years ago literally found Lombard treasure in the trash. Specifically, that person found this:
It's a big find, both literally -- the gelatin portrait itself measures 18" x 15", a massive 27" x 23" including the frame -- and figuratively. In my many years of examining Lombard portraits, I've never seen this one before...but I thought perhaps I had, because the outfit she's wearing, with the stripes and decoration down the shoulders, looked familiar. So I perused my online catalog of Carole (and the photo archive at http://carolelombard.org as well), and while I couldn't find an exact match, I found a few that came close:
The last three are p1202-894, 895 and 897, and the snipe on the first of them indicates it was used as publicity for "The Case Against Mrs. Ames," a film Lombard ultimately did not appear in (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/351183.html).
The seller notes, "Notice she's sporting what seems to be a Lalique ring. Classy dame."
For something so big, beautiful and rare, you can expect to pay a hefty price, and that applies here, too. Bidding begins at a mere $1,000, with bids slated to end at 8:13 p.m. (Eastern) on Feb. 16, though you can buy it straight up for $1,200. Find out more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-PARAMOUNT-GELATIN-PRINT-18x15-/170778369703?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c32f1ea7.
Just a reminder to keep your eyes open the next time you take a Paramount studio tour. Who knows -- there may be a vintage Renault junked away somewhere.
This week's header at LiveJournal shows Carole and William Powell inside a car (a more recent Renault, perhaps?) in a scene from "Ladies Man."