The story revolves around a French-style Chateau sitting on 52 wooded acres in New Canaan, Conn. After being on the market for many years and a products of the market crash, the estate has finally found a buyer for $14.3 million dollars
This and her fashionable New York apartments have sold collectively for a stagger $69.2 million dollars. The home in Connecticut once had a market value of over $35 million but due to the crash in the real estate market the estate sat in decay.
The death of Huguette Clark in 2011 brought light to a highly reclusive lady and her unique lifestyle. The strangest part of Clark’s life if the fact that she never once occupied the multiple mansions and apartments she owned. In her final years Clark told reporters that she had bought the Connecticut mansion in New Canaan in case of nuclear fall-out during the cold war era. The home had a total of 14,266 square feet of living space.
Huguette Marcelle Clark was the youngest of children of U.S. Senator William Andrews Clark who died in 1925. William had created a copper empire in the state of Montana and built a major railway to assist it. Clark also had been one of the original founders of the city of Las Vegas making him one of the richest men in the Gilded Age of industry. Huguette was the last child of William before her death at the age of 104, just 2 weeks short of her 105th birthday.
Huguette was a shy individual but her love of art and dolls helped her create a massive collection that contains some of the rarest objects. Her estate is coming on the auction block at Christie’s on June 18th including a rare Renoir painting that has not been on the market since the 1950’s. This and many other pieces are to set the pace for a stunning array of antiquities when Christie’s sells her estate exclusively.
Other stunning items of interest coming to the auction include a Monet water lilies painting that retains a conservative pre-sale estimate of $25 million, 3 Renoir paintings including “Girls Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock” which has an estimate of $10 to $15 million. In all, over 400 lots will be hitting the block this coming June, with formal showings beginning Friday at the auction house in Rockefeller Center and other showings around the world.
In all, the items on the auction block do not include the Heiress’s almost $2 million dollar doll collection. The dolls are set to go to the new foundation for the arts, the Bellosguardo Foundation, named by Mrs. Clark. This and the art which she created herself will be part of the new foundation and support for projects to come.
Though her estate is wrought in lawsuits by members of the family that have been cut out of it, the sale of the items at Christie’s will pay for a settlement and further litigation of the copper heiress’s estate. Mrs. Clark’s stunning beachfront home in California will go to the noted Bellosguardo Foundation which is expected to form a board of directors this coming summer.
A book has been written on the unusual life of Huguette Clark and her unusual spending habits of a Mining fortune. The book speaks about her vast fortune, her estates that were never occupied and her last 20 years living in a hospital where she paid the sum of $400,000 a year for.