Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Last Huguette Clark Auctions

Today art auction house Christie's is selling 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 of some $300M.

18th-century mantel clock. As much as $150,000.

George II wing chair dates back to 1730 and is expected to fetch somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000.

19th-century French "bureau à cylindre". $50,000 and $80,000

18th-century "Greenish-White Jade Dish" is estimated to rake in between $80,000 and $120,000.

Dressing table made of tulipwood, satine, sycamore, and fruitwood, the piece hails from 19th-century Paris and boasts three oval mirrors above a kidney-shaped table. $30,000 and $50,000.

Cammode from 19th-century Paris. The mahogany and tulipwood piece, topped with marble, will go for between $15,000 and $25,000.
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 various 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 the 9 carat Pink Diamond which sold for $ 15.7m.


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"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 has been 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, in the southwest of the state on Thursday, as the temperatures hit 10 degrees.

Gray, 60, was the half great-nephew of Clark, who died in May 2011 aged 104.

The heiress had not visited Bellosguardo in Santa Barbara, California since the 1950s
Huguette Clark left no money to her 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 last Fifth Avenue apartment belonging to the late reclusive and eccentric heiress Huguette Clark is now for sale for $7.2 million.

The final piece of the eighth floor of 907 Fifth Avenue owned by the daughter of copper baron multimillionaire, William Andrews Clark, went on sale on April 5. It is said to have been used exclusively for Huguette Clark's dolls.

Speaking to NBC, Mr Baeyens said: '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.





http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2307820/Last-Fifth-Avenue-apartment-belonging-reclusive-heiress-Huguette-Clark-goes-sale-7-2million--home-just-dolls-decades.html