Julien’s auction fragment of Carole Lombard’s plane crash


Julien’s Auctions, the Beverly Hills-based company that specializes in movie memorabilia, was sharply criticized Friday for offering for sale a clip from the plane crash that killed actress Carole Lombard in 1942.

The item is offered as part of the “Danger, Disaster and Disco” lot, which runs from June 12 to 14 and is co-sponsored by Turner Classic Movies. The starting bid is $250, with the wreckage valued between $1,000 and $2,000.

Film historian Olympia Kiriakou tweeted: “It’s quite despicable that @JuliensAuctions is selling a piece of mangled aircraft debris from the crash that killed Carole Lombard.”

Her tweet was shared by X user Frank Wells, who wrote: “Trying to figure out what kind of creep would want this in their house, definitely not a true Carole Lombard fan. And what to do with it? Display? Reaching out at parties? ‘Hey, look here…’”

One Julien’s has hit rock bottom.”

Lombard was known for the films ‘To Be or Not to Be’, ‘Nothing Sacred’, ‘Twentieth Century’ with John Barrymore and ‘My Man Godfrey’ opposite Willam Powell, who was her first husband.

She married “Gone With the Wind” star Clark Gable in 1939. Lombard was on a promotional tour to sell war bonds when the plane carrying her crashed not far from Las Vegas. She, along with her mother and fifteen U.S. Army soldiers, died in the crash that occurred in the early hours of January 16, 1942.

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Jeff Bridges promoted the auction on YouTube, teasing 20 items from “The Big Lebowski,” including the rug that “really ties the room together.”

According to the video, a portion of the proceeds will go to the No Kid Hungry charity.

TheWrap has contacted the auction house for comment.

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