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Posted by vp19 on 2013.02.05 at 13:57

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Carole Lombard’s autograph by itself is pretty valuable. Now imagine it in the midst of a book with many other film stars of her era.

Well, you don’t have to imagine it, because such a book is currently being auctioned at eBay:

And here’s how Lombard signed — and it’s definitely the real deal:

Who else signed it? The likes of Clark Gable…

…Cary Grant…

…Barbara Stanwyck…

…W.C. Fields…

…Claudette Colbert…

…and Humphrey Bogart.

To borrow a line from one of Bogart’s movies, it can safely be said that this autograph books is the stuff dreams are made of.

Who did these stars sign for? A man named Auguste Choteau, who worked in the industry during filmdom’s Golden Age. He sent each of these 3″ x 5″ cards to his niece, Mary; she placed them in a bound loose-leaf autograph book.

While there are 101 autographs in all, some stars signed more than once. George Raft signed three times, while Stanwyck, Colbert, Gary Cooper, Mae West and Joan Crawford were among those who signed twice.

Other stars with signatures in the book include Spencer Tracy, Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Vincent Price, Tyrone Power, Gail Patrick, James Stewart, Kay Francis, Fred MacMurray, Joan Blondell, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Gary Cooper and arguably the greatest actor and actress never even nominated for Academy Awards — Edward G. Robinson and Myrna Loy.

As you might expect, a collection of this magnitude won’t come cheaply. Bidding for this book begins at $2,500, but the good news is that you have a few days to scrape up at least that much dough (or more if there are multiple bids); bidding doesn’t close until 7:34 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday. If you want this coveted collection of classic Hollywood signatures, or are simply looking to learn more, visit

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Posted February 5, 2013 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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