William E. Thomas is best known today for his rather racy photographs of Carole (or, as she was known at Pathe at the time, Carol) Lombard in the late 1920s...but he had the skill to take portraits of her that reflected entirely different moods, such as bridal-themed pictures or those, such as this, with a reverent tone.
This vintage photo labeled Lombard the "spirit of Easter," so I'm guessing this was issued in early 1929 (that year, Easter fell on March 31). It measures 11" x 14", is listed in fine condition, and features Thomas' stamp. It's described as a "very rare shot" -- I certainly concur, as I've never seen this pose before -- and the seller writes, "You will never find a better Lombard." It's definitely among the most ethereal photos of her.
It's also among the most expensive Lombard images sold. The asking price is a cool $6,000, or you can make an offer.
Think you're interested in this oversized rarity? Go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-VINTAGE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-OVERSIZED-PHOTOGRAPH-BY-WILLIAM-E-THOMAS/151372345969?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D23778%26meid%3D8804877474127847152%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D10035%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D121401726218.