Saturday, 2 January 2021

Huguette Clark Auctions

Auction house Christie's sold off the many expensive, Old World furnishings and artworks of copper heiress Huguette Clark, the famously cloistered woman who, when she died at the age of 104 in 2011, left behind a fortune exceeding $300M.

Huguette Clark was the daughter of the late Senator William A. Clark of Montana and a reclusive American heiress. She died with no direct relatives.
A Monet painting that hung in the Fifth Avenue apartment that Huguette Clark abandoned for twenty years sold at auction for $27 million.

'Water Lilies' Monet's 1907 rendition of his beloved garden in Giverny, France, went to an undisclosed Asian buyer.

A diamond ring made $2.7m.

18th-century mantel clock. $150,000.

George II wing chair dates back to 1730. $50,000.

19th-century French "bureau à cylindre". $80,000

18th-century "Greenish-White Jade Dish" $100,000.

Dressing table made of tulipwood, satine, sycamore, and fruitwood. $50,000.

Cammode from 19th-century Paris. The mahogany and tulipwood piece, topped with marble. $15,000.
In April 2012 the jewels of eccentric heiress Huguette Clark were put under the hammer at Christie’s New York.

Huguette Clark was heir to a copper empire and lived the last 30 years of her life in New York hospitals until her death at age 104. Her jewels were believed to have been kept in a vault unseen since the 1940s. The collection of seventeen items brought $20.8m but the star was a 9 carat Pink Diamond which sold for $15.7m.

A long-lost relative of the reclusive and eccentric New York heiress Huguette Clark, who stood to inherit $19 million of her $300 million fortune was found dead from hypothermia in rural Wyoming.

Timothy Henry Gray's body was discovered by children sledding under a Union Pacific Railroad overpass in Evanston. Gray, 60, was the half great-nephew of Clark.
Huguette Clark left no money to relatives and lived as a recluse in New York City hospitals until her death. Her palatial properties across the country sat unused for decades. The heiress had not visited Bellosguardo in Santa Barbara, California since the 1950s
The Fifth Avenue apartment belonging to Huguette Clark sold for $7.2m.

The eighth floor of 907 Fifth Avenue was owned by the daughter of copper baron multimillionaire, William Andrews Clark. It is said to have been used exclusively for Huguette Clark's dolls.'She didn't want to go out. She didn't want to have beautiful things. She just wanted to be home and play with her dolls. Clark collected dolls obsessively and her vast real estate holdings were filled with them.