vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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When her beauty was Paramount

Original publicity stills of Carole Lombard, particularly from her Paramount days, have sharply risen in value the past few decades, and why not? Even the most recent Paramount portraits now are more than three-quarters of a century old.

The image above, for example, is available on eBay for $65 straight up; should you go the auction route, the minimum opening bid is $49.99. The seller isn't certain when this came out, or whether it was for a particular movie she appeared in. I'm not faulting him ir her for not knowing the answer to the first part, since the photo was trimmed to 7.5" x 9.75", meaning the year of copyright was removed.

But I'm also guessing he or she isn't aware of the marking that "p1202-231" signifies; p1202 was the code Paramount issued Lombard, and "231" indicates it likely was released sometime in 1932, and was not necessarily related to a current movie of hers. Its condition is very good to very good-plus.

The auction closes at 11:43 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. To get involved, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROL-LOMBARD-Original-1930-Art-Deco-Studio-Portrait-Movie-Photo-1-SUPER-/381485310078?hash=item58d24be07e:g:E7AAAOSwwE5WZQ5m.

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