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A look at Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 74, day 1

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.24 at 22:22
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

Yep, that's the familiar image of Carole Lombard holding a farm animal -- but what makes this photo special is that it's autographed by Carole. The inscription: “More power to you Delores in your clever make-up, love Carole.”

This 10 1/4" x 13 1/4" pic, from lot 444 and with a starting bid of $400, is but one of the goodies in Profiles in History's upcoming Hollywood Auction 74, an event to be spread over three days. This entry concerns Lombard-related items from day 1, next Tuesday. Get a link to it at http://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/day-1-hollywood-auction-74-572121.

For me, two of the highlights are a pair of William E. Thomas portraits. Thomas worked at Pathe in the late 1920s and was perhaps the first photographer to capitalize on Lombard's looks; his photos of her ranged from racy to sublime. These definitely fit into the latter category -- lot 107...

...and lot 108, a second "turban" image of Carole:

Starting bids on each are $300, as is this sultry shot by Robert Coburn, perhaps from Lombard's final photo session on Dec. 31, 1941:

This oversize (10 1/2" x 13 1/2" glossy doubleweight of Carole is from Otto Dyar, and its bidding begins at $600:

More Lombard glamour is here, and its minimum bid is a mere $200:

This pic is causing some controversy in the Carole community -- is it her? It's said to be from John Miehle, who worked with her at RKO in 1939 and 1940. But the hair shade is far too light to be the Lombard of those years, and I don't recall ever seeing Carole in a white sailor suit. Miehle worked for RKO in the early 1930s when Jean Harlow made a film or two there, so it might be her; I simply don't know. What do you think?

To see some of the other items being offered, go to http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn=profilesinhistoryauctions&hash=item1a054c885a&item=111758051418&_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sop=1


(Anonymous) at 2015-09-25 12:59 (UTC) (Link)

Lombard or Harlow

Harlow did have a outfit like that but hers was a dress. Looking at the nose it is not Harlow,
(Anonymous) at 2015-09-25 14:25 (UTC) (Link)
The handwriting on the first photo is absolutely NOT Carole's. Doesn't look like Jeannie Garceau, either. Hmm.

Carole S.
The Carole Lombard Archive Foundation 501.C.3
(Anonymous) at 2015-09-25 16:18 (UTC) (Link)


I agree with the first two commenters. The second photo is assuredly NOT Harlow and the signature is NOT Carole's.
The second photo is Carole. The face is too identical in it's bone structure to not be her.
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