It was 73 years ago today that Carole Lombard and Clark Gable eloped -- something most observers expected once Gable received a divorce from his second wife, Ria Langham -- and took their marriage vows in Kingman, Ariz. As far as I know, no pictures of Carole and Clark on their actual wedding day have surfaced, but the day after (March 30, 1939), they met the press at Lombard's home on St. Cloud Road in Beverly Hills. Above is one of the many photos taken at that gathering; in fact, I don't believe I've seen this particular pose. It's one of three rare Gable-Lombard photos (none of which I've previously seen) that a seller is making available at eBay.
One year later, March 29, 1940, Gable and Lombard celebrated their first anniversary at the MGM studios in Culver City. This particular image looks as if it was taken in Clark's dressing room, not at the studio commissary.
Here's one of Carole playing caddy in 1939 for Clark, his close friend Spencer Tracy and MGM "fixer" Eddie Mannix, the Fort Lee ruffian who along with publicity chief Howard Strickling helped keep the studio's stars in line (and covered up for them when they weren't).
All these photos are sepia 8" x 10" originals, and all have a starting bid of $19.99; as of this writing, the first two each have one bid for that amount. Bids close on all three between 9:08 and 9:19 a.m. (Eastern) Friday, so time is of the essence.
For the day after the wedding photo, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-AT-LOMBARDS-BEL-AIR-STATE-ORIGINAL-PHOTO-1939-/260990441444?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3cc43e17e4. For the anniversary photo, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/ACTRESS-CAROLE-LOMBARD-I-HER-FIRST-WEDDING-ANNIVERSARY-ORIGINAL-PHOTO-1940-/260990436826?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3cc43e05da. The golf photo with Tracy and Mannix can be seen at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-SPENCER-TRACY-PLAYING-GOLF-ORIGINAL-PHOTO-1939-/260990438741?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3cc43e0d55.
Hey, and while we're at it, how about a Lombard portrait as a bonus? We know it's her because her name is on it; that face and figure, and those legs, confirm the deal:
Like the others, bidding begins at $19.99 (no bids have been placed as of this writing), and the auction ends at 8:57 a.m. (Eastern) Friday. You can bid, or simply learn more, at http://www.ebay.com/itm/ACTRESS-CAROLE-LOMBARD-RARE-ORIGINAL-PIN-UP-LEGGY-PHOTO-1930S-/260990431911?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3cc43df2a7.
Tourney update: As of 1 a.m. (Eastern), with 18 hours left in voting, Lombard is having a surprisingly easy time of it with one-time dance rival Joan Crawford, leading, 152-73. In the other semifinal, Ginger Rogers is even more dominant, routing Greta Garbo, 158-63. The finals of the Silents/1930s bracket will, barring the unforeseen, be a Lombard-Rogers battle. If you haven't voted yet, visit http://mythicalmonkey.blogspot.com.