To Mary, with love…but it’s from ‘Bolero’   Leave a comment


Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.05 at 21:10
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carole lombard autograph 94b

OK, the subject line is an in-joke, using the title of a 1936 film starring Myrna Loy and Warner Baxter called “To Mary — With Love.” Actually, there’s no “love” from Carole Lombard to the Mary it was autographed to, just the word “cordially” associated with Carole’s signatures.

From the penmanship and her favored green fountain pen ink, it’s definitely from Lombard. The portrait is an oversized vintage matte-finish signed photo from the 1934 Paramount dance film “Bolero,” measuring 10.75″ x 13.75″. The seller says there’s a “pin hole at the top and, some creases, minor tears and corner wear. Most of the faults could be matted out.” A certificate of authenticity is included.

Also in this package are two other photographs, both unsigned (and unpictured, alas). First, there’s an 8″ x 10″ behind the scenes of the film “My Man Godfrey” (1936), starring Lombard and ex-husband William Powell. Written on verso in pencil is “Michael at side of camera.”

The other also measures 8″ x 10″, and shows Carole and the crew on one of her films. Written on verso in pencil is “The crew on one of Carole Lombard’s pictures. Can you find Mike?” Both photos show handling and corner wear.

Autographed Lombard photos are rarely inexpensive, especially when they’re oversized, and this is no exception; the seller is asking $1,250. If you’ve got that kind of money, go to

Posted September 5, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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