If New Year's Eve is celebrated in Hollywood heaven, one thinks Carole Lombard and Clark Gable will party somewhere (is there an afterlife Brown Derby?). Then again, the Gables might want to welcome 2019 in a more casual manner, as many of us certainly will.
Perhaps they'll head here:
Welcome to the Flamingo Cafe, a venue existing in the imagination of 86-year-old American painter George Torjussen. Since he's based in Deerfield Beach, Fla., I'm guessing the Flamingo isn't in Hollywood at all -- at least not the California version. This has Miami art deco written all over it, a place Gable's New York reporter Peter Warne might have frequented before heading back north (and meeting Claudette Colbert's heiress Ellie Andrews in "It Happened One Night"). A closer glance at the cafe:
Torjussen evidently has an affinity for that era's culture, since one of his other paintings is titled "Jean Harlow & Jazz":
Getting back to Gable and Lombard, here are their close-ups from the painting, which measures 36" x 80.5" x 3":
Someone who saw the image of Carole said it more closely resembled Bette Davis in her early years, and while I can sense that, to me it's still Lombard. Wonder what's on the menu?
And is that car Gable's?
I'm not sure when Torjussen painted this, but he signed it on the back:
It'd indeed be fun to meet Torjussen, this other fellow named George, as well as Carole and Clark at the Flamingo Cafe.
This painting is up for a live auction at 5 p.m. (Eastern) Jan. 17 at the Abington Auction Gallery in Fort Lauderdale. Bidding begins at $200, and its estimated value is $400-600.
If you're interested in this item, you can register to bid and get all the particulars by visiting https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/george-torjussen-large-painting-of-clark-gable-1EA42F3B62
And another legendary cinematic couple are a Torjussen subject at this auction. Here's looking at Bogie and Bergman from "Casablanca"...
That one is at https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/george-torjussen-large-painting-of-bogart-6D1480B957.
Happy new year, everybody.