Few Carole Lombard fans would label "Love Before Breakfast" as one of her finest moments on screen, but this 1936 Universal comedy has its charms. And if you're a fan of the film, this might be of interest to you -- Walter Reuben at the fine site Walterfilm has a rare poster from the movie on sale:
Some of you, especially those who deem themselves experts on Lombard memorabilia, might think, "Haven't I seen that somewhere before?" Well, not quite; a similar poster surfaced in cyberspace a few years back, but look closely and you'll note several differences, notably in the shape (the one at the top measures 36" x 14"):
The poster up for sale is described this way by Walterfilm:
"This rarely seen poster is bright in color and offers a glamorous yet comedic pose of the very talented star. Unfolded, there is soiling to the blank white border, more so on both sides of the bottom third of the poster. There is creasing at the bottom right corner and there are four small edge tears, which are ½" to 1" (2.5 cm.), one near the bottom left edge side of the poster and three at the right edge of the poster. These are not major issues and this poster has brilliant colors -- and try finding another one unfolded. VERY GOOD."
All things considered, it's in splendid shape, especially since it's unfolded -- and adding rarity to the mix, it's no wonder the asking price is a whopping $4,000, probably beyond the reach of all but the most serious of Carole collectors. You can learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOVE-BEFORE-BREAKFAST-1930-Vntg-orig-insert-poster-Carole-Lombard-BRIGHT-color-/231334764169?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35dca05e89.
However, Walterfilm has four other Lombard items for sale, and their combined cost is less than half the "Love Before Breakfast" poster. Two are from her 1934 dance film "Bolero," a 14" x 22" window card...
...of which the seller says, "The colors on this poster are stunning. It has been cleaned, restored and re-backed with top and borders repainted, with background touch-ups and a bit of touch-up on Raft's jacket and hat, a bit of touch-up on right edge of Lombard's skirt. VERY GOOD."
The other "Bolero" item is an 11" x 14" single-weight glossy silver gelatin publicity still heretofore unseen by me and in "near fine" condition, showing Carole and George Raft getting dressed to dance:
The window card sells for $600 and is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOLERO-1934-Vintage-original-window-card-STUNNING-poster-Raft-Lombard-Vry-Gd-/231272077642?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d8e3d94a. The still has an asking price of $350; for more info, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOLERO-1934-Vntg-orig-gelatin-silver-still-photo-RAFT-LOMBARD-prep-for-show-/231334841368?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35dca18c18.
Next up is a 21-year-old Lombard in 1930 and a portrait for "Safety In Numbers," her initial film for Paramount, and what may be the first photo Eugene Robert Richee ever took of her:
Reuben says of the photo, "Minor emulsion flaw above her lip, not bothersome, trimmed by publication, VERY FINE-." It's selling straight up for $300, or you can make an offer. Go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-SAFETY-IN-NUMBERS-30-BEAUTIFUL-VNTG-ORIG-8X10-PORTRAIT-VF-/230734301579?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b8d6098b for additional information.
Finally, a promotional still for "My Man Godfrey," possibly from a keybook for the film:
This "Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo," said to be in "very fine" condition, is selling for $350 -- although, as is the case with the "Safety In Numbers" photo, you have the option of making an offer. Find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/MY-MAN-GODFREY-36-CAROLE-LOMBARD-VNTG-KEY-BOOK-STILL-/320487270286?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4a9e87a78e