Yesterday, we examined Carole Lombard memorabilia that can be bought rather cheaply; today, we'll go to the other end of the spectrum, two posters whose combined price is slightly less than a late-model used car.
That slinky, skin-tight gown Carole is wearing was replicated in a French-language poster for the 1933 Paramount potboiler "White Woman" (here named "Le Fou De Iles," or "Fool Of The Islands"), right down to the hint of nipple:
Co-star Charles Laughton looks sleepy, rather than aroused, as if he had taken an antihistamine an hour or two before and the effects were beginning to kick in...but it fits the overall goofy tone of the film.
This is no ordinary 22" x 28" half-sheet, folks -- this is a colossal 47" x 63", more than 20 square feet, that would dominate most walls by its sheer size. Such a giant poster understandably demands a giant price, and $4,900 is definitely appropriate. You can get all the details at http://www.ebay.com/itm/WHITE-WOMAN-CAROLE-LOMBARD-STUART-WALKER-1933-PERON-MOVIE-POSTER-48-/140748256493?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c53ff4ed.
Now we go to a film from a few years later, and a country a bit northeast of France (it's from the same seller, too):
You can easily recognize the image (it's from "My Man Godfrey"); it's more difficult to pin down the language. Fortunately, the seller notes it's from Sweden, and the title "Godfrey ordnar allt" translates into "Godfrey, Arrange Everything." (Well, that was his job...and as it turned out, he did some other arranging, too.)
This poster isn't as overwhelming as the other, although at 27" x 41" it's nonetheless considerable. Its price is less overwhelming as well, although at $3,920 it's far beyond the reach of most mere moviegoing mortals. Learn more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/MY-MAN-GODFREY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-GREGORY-LA-1936-FUCHS-MOVIE-POSTER-69-/150809764108?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item231cf6610c.
If those two items are out of your league, here's an attractive consolation prize:
This is a never-mailed postcard, measuring 3 1/2" x 5 3/8", issued in 2000, and the image is almost certainly from "Sinners In The Sun" (Carole wore a swimsuit of that design in the film). Clear and beautiful (her eyes are amazing!), the seller defines this as "modern glamour" -- and 80 years after this was taken, it's still (somewhat) modern, still (definitely) glamorous.
But what's best about this, for the collector, is its price -- 99 cents for an opening bid. You can bid on this postcard through 9:33 p.m. (Eastern) next Friday, and even after a few bids, this should still be at a reasonable price. Place a bid, or learn more, by going to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-movie-star-actress-MODERN-GLAMOUR-photo-postcard-/230786167069?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item35bbed711d.