Yesterday's entry was about Carole Lombard lobby cards as part of a two-day auction from Profiles in History, and mentioned today's entry would have quite a few more from Day 2 of the auction -- and we're living up to our end of the bargain. (Sorry I'm a bit late, but this afternoon I journeyed to Anaheim and watched the Los Angeles Angels outlast Houston 2-1 in 13 innings. I'm still getting used to the Astros being part of the American League West, much less leading it.)
Take the lobby card above from 1934's "Twentieth Century." It's a rarity in fine condition, which may explain why its starting bid is a lofty $2,000 (it's valued between $2,000 and $3,000), and that doesn't include a 28 percent buyer's premium. Interested? Go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-lobby-card-for-20th-Century-Lot-788-/111686777705?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1a010cfb69 for more.
How bountiful is this lot? Counting two other lobby cards from "Twentieth Century," there are 39 lobby cards available from nine different Lombard movies, plus a "Twentieth Century" midget window card (the type with blank space on top to list date and place of its showing). We don't have enough space to show them all, but I'll run one apiece from the other eight, in chronological order.
Here's the one lobby card from Lombard's last Pathe film,. "The Racketeer" from late 1929. Its opening bid is $400:
One of four from Paramount's "Up Pops the Devil" in early 1931, selling as a unit with a minimum bid of $600:
From later that year, Carole's first film with William Powell, "Man of the World." This group of six has an opening bid of $1,000:
There's also a unit of six whose opening bid is $1,000 for 1932's "Sinners in the Sun":
Lombard's first loanout from Paramount came later in 1932, to Columbia for "Virtue." Three lobby cards are in this group, with an opening bid of $600:
Four lobby cards are available as a set from 1934's dance hit "Bolero," with bids opening at $800:
The "My Man Godfrey" unit comprises three lobby cards. The initial bid is $1,000:
And "Vigil in the Night" has a complete set of eight lobby cards, with a starting bid of $400:
Oh, and in the interest of completeness, that midget window card from "Twentieth Century":
To check out all the Lombard items in this auction, go to http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_sop=10&_ssn=profilesinhistoryauctions&hash=item1a010cfb0c&item=111686777612&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1312.R1.TR10.TRC1.A0.H0.Xcarole+l.TRS1&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.