Mining Heiress ‘Huguette Clark’ Real Estate Sells for $69 Million Collectively ~~ Contents to Be Sold At Christie’s

 

The 52 Acre Estate of Heiress Huguette Clark. During her later years she had been quoted as saying that the estate in Conn. had only been bought in-case of nuclear fall out during the cold var era
The 52 Acre Estate of Heiress Huguette Clark. During her later years she had been quoted as saying that the estate in Conn. had only been bought in-case of nuclear fall out during the cold var era

 

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

Senator William Clark and Huguette Clark, 1905
Senator William Clark and Huguette Clark, 1905 — William had Amassed a Great Fortune by This Year

 

1917 in Butte, Montana Huguette Clark (right) and her sister Andree and her Father William
1917 in Butte, Montana Huguette Clark (right) and her sister Andree and her Father William

 

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 5th Avenue Estate of Hugguette Clark's Family as it stood in its early days
The 5th Avenue Estate of Hugguette Clark’s Family as it stood in its early days

 

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.

 

Senator William Clark in Montana, an early tinplate photograph
Senator William Clark in Montana, an early tinplate photograph

 

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.

 

William Clark aboard his railroad that helped him and a small group of other to discover Las Vegas.
William Clark aboard his railroad that helped him and a small group of other to discover Las Vegas.

 

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.

 

Huguette Clark in her younger years
Huguette Clark in her younger years

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.

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir "Woman With Umbrella" Painted in 1873 and originally believed to be Renoir's Wife
Pierre-Auguste Renoir “Woman With Umbrella” Painted in 1873 and originally believed to be Renoir’s Wife

 

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.

"Girls Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock" by Renoir which has an estimate of $10 to $15 million dollars
“Girls Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock” by Renoir which has an estimate of $10 to $15 million dollars

 

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.

 

The Santa Barbara Estate Bellosguardo. Estimated in 2012 to be Valued at Over $85 million dollars.
The Santa Barbara Estate Bellosguardo. Estimated in 2012 to be Valued at Over $85 million dollars.

 

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.

 

 "Empty Mansions" a Book about the Recluse Life of Huguette Clark

“Empty Mansions” a Book about the Recluse Life of Huguette Clark

 

 

Huguette Clark was Also an Accmplished Artist, This Painting, done by her, shows the scene from her New York 5th Ave. Apartment
Huguette Clark was Also an Accmplished Artist, This Painting, done by her, shows the scene from her New York 5th Ave. Apartment, these and many of the other paintings are not part of the sale at Christie’s.

 

Timothy Walker is a writer and photographer living in Davao City, Philippines
Timothy Walker is a writer and photographer living in Davao City, Philippines
 
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