We enter the home stretch of our three-day analysis of Carole Lombard items up for auction June 26 via Profiles in History in Calabasas, Calif., examining the last six lots of Lombard-related memorabilia. (A glance at my archive reveals this is the first time since early May 2016 that I've had entries three days in a row. When you're homeless and job-searching, your mind naturally focuses on other things.)
Above is Paramount publicity still p1202-742, from 1934; a stunning pic, to be sure, but one I've run before. It's part of Lot 465, a total of 10 original single-weight photos of Lombard. Here's another in that vein, though it lacks a p1202 coding:
Others are stills from Carole's movies, including "Fast and Loose" (1930)...
..."Up Pops the Devil" (1931)...
..."Sinners in the Sun" (1932)...
..."No Man of Her Own" (1932), though the 1945 date may indicate a re-release from Paramount to cash in on Clark's return to the screen in MGM's "Adventure" ("Gable's back and Garson's got him")...
...and a still from this unnamed film. Neither Profiles in History nor invaluable.com could supply its title, and I'm similarly stumped. Anyone know?
There also are candid shots of Carole with Gable...
...and finally one which is labeled as "Lombard in bikini sitting in a canopied lounge chair." Wrong on multiple counts -- it's obviously a one-piece swimsuit, and even if it were a two-piece (a style Carole wore on occasion), the bikini is an abbreviated form of swimwear and didn't get the label until after World War II. (She never would've known the term.) Anyway, here's the lounging Lombard:
The photos range from very good to fine condition, and the set is valued at $300-500. You can bid by visiting http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-A554E20B77?utm_source=inv_kwalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=keywordalertlive&utm_term=2.
Lot 444, the next collection, is colossal -- more than one million photographs. It's the archive of the legendary New York store Movie Star News, and fortunately there's a Lombard pic among the 20 or so sampled...Carole with director Howard Hawks and co-star John Barrymore on the Columbia lot during production of her pivotal film "Twentieth Century":
Co-owners Irving and Paula Klaw helped make film still photo collecting a popular pastime, obtaining tens of thousands of photos from studios. To call this a treasure trove would be an understatement. I'm certain this collection -- stored in some 140 four- and five-drawer metal filing cabinets -- features scores of Carole images.
As you might guess, this incredible archive is going for a stratospheric price. Bidding begins at a mere $180,000, and Profiles believes it may be sold for nearly twice that amount. If you're beyond mere mortals such as us and can afford this collection, then 1) please drop me a line, and 2) go to http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-53E4C2A8B7?utm_source=inv_kwalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=keywordalertlive&utm_term=2.
Lot 464 has but one photo, and it's exquisite -- Carole, in a form-fitting gown, taken by MGM's Clarence Sinclair Bull for 1934's "The Gay Bride." It's an oversized (10.25" x 13.25") double-weight original that includes an embossed stamp and some grease pencil annotations.
Bidding opens at a mere $200, with a likely upper range of $300, so it may be within reach of most collectors. Think you're one of them? Then journey to http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-3F14C49BD7?utm_source=inv_kwalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=keywordalertlive&utm_term=2.
The same range applies to another Bull session, Lot 614, although this time Carole's in black.
Place your bid at http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-A134127828?utm_source=inv_kwalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=keywordalertlive&utm_term=2.
Lot 523 is a Paramount fan's wet dream -- more than 1,000 photographs and 600 negatives and color transparencies, from the 1930s to the 1960s. It includes these Lombard images, and probably many more:
For this, bidding begins at $4,000, and is expected to top out at $6,000 -- not a bad consolation prize if you can't afford the Movie Star News archive (and you probably can't). Today's Paramount may be struggling, but if you'd like to bid on this souvenir of the studio's golden days, visit http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-7AB437B8DE?utm_source=inv_kwalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=keywordalertlive&utm_term=2.
Finally, we know one of Carole's favorite spots was the Hollywood Brown Derby, famous for its drawings of stars (as every "I Love Lucy" fan can tell you). But how would you like to own the restaurant's original caricature of Carole? Well, you can...for a price:
It's being sold with a Charlie Chaplin caricature:
Both were drawn by Eddie Vitch, commissioned by restaurant owner Robert Cobb (one-time husband of actress and Lombard pal Gail Patrick; he also owned the Hollywood Stars baseball team). They measure 11" x 14" on artist's board, have their original protective overlays, and are in vintage fine condition.
One bid, for $2,000, already has been made, and bidding is expected to top at about $3,000. Want to get in on the act? Then go to http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-2AB4C7A9B5?utm_source=inv_kwalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=keywordalertlive&utm_term=2.