Heritage Auctions, the Dallas-based memorabilia seller, has just announced two Carole Lombard items will be part of its Nov. 21-22 Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction -- although neither item is a movie poster. However, one has a signature: an 11" x 14" pose seen above.
Photos of that size almost always were signed by the star in question, no secretarial signatures here (although Carole does employ her oft-used "Cordially." What makes this in all likelihood the real deal is that it's inscribed to someone:
I have no idea who this "Lawrence Schneider" was -- there's no obvious match on either the Internet Movie Database oe Google -- but I already envy him.
The other item is an ad from 1934 where Lombard hawks Old Gold cigarettes:
What makes this one so unusual? Its sheer size -- a gargantuan 31" x 42", larger than many Lombard movie posters. Here's part of it at full-scale after you double-click, presuming you're on a laptop or desktop computer:
"Easy on the throat," and definitely easy on the eyes. Wow.
Both items are in fine to very fine condition; the opening bid for the cigarette ad is $400, the autographed photo $500. Bidding for both closes at 2 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, Nov. 21.
For more on the Old Gold ad, go to http://movieposters.ha.com/itm/movie-posters/miscellaneous/carole-lombard-for-old-gold-old-gold-cigarettes-1934-advertising-poster-31-x-42-/a/7113-86106.s?type=wlem&wlc=486868294. For the autographed picture, visit http://movieposters.ha.com/itm/movie-posters/miscellaneous/carole-lombard-1930s-autographed-portrait-photo-11-x-14-/a/7113-86107.s?ic3=ViewItem-Auction-Open-NextLot-081514.
And if there's a "Lawrence Schneider" in your life...well, you have the chance to give him a one-of-a-kind holiday gift.