Jewels from Reclusive Heiress Huguette Clark for Sale

03/13/2012 at 03:30 PM ET

Huguette ClarkAP

Precious jewels with a pedigree from the estate of reclusive copper heiress Huguette Clark — which have been concealed from public view for the past 70 years — are set to hit the auction block in Manhattan April 17.

“It was like chasing a rainbow,” Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s New York, said on Tuesday’s Today show when asked about opening Clark’s bank vault, which had been sealed since the 1940s.

Every piece of jewelry — 17 in all — found inside the safe deposit box was still in its original packaging. Among the items: a rare pink cushion-cut 9-carat diamond ring estimated to be worth between $6 and $8 million (below), expected to fetch even more because of Clark’s celebrity.

The mysterious heiress, with homes scattered around the country, withdrew from society before she was 30, spent the remaining decades of her life in a hospital room and died last May at 104.

Huguette Clark Estate
Courtesy Christie’s

Also for sale at Christie’s will be her American-flag brooch, consisting of diamonds, sapphires and rubies; a Tiffany bracelet; a 1925 art-deco emerald and diamond bracelet; and an art-deco picture frame, also from Cartier, that holds a photo of Clark’s sister, who died young.

(In addition to her jewels, Clark’s Fifth Avenue apartment is also for sale. That is priced at $55 million.)

Three months ago, Christie’s New York set records when 80 pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor jewelry collection went on sale, raising nearly $116 million for AIDS research.

–Stephen M. Silverman


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Danielle on

Huguette can not be any uglier…..They say that a monkey dress on silk attire….still a monkey……

Jamie Graham on

Danielle that was not necessary, No she might not have been the prettiest but she was someone and to me that was very rude,

Becky on

Danielle, you are a jerk, What did that comment add to the conversation?
What if she was the nicest person in the world? You don’t know.
Anyway, i LOVE those bangles on her wrist in that picture. Could those be the art deco bangles?

Amy on

Jamie,I agree that was not necessary Danielle. And pitures from that era always made people look different.

Ksyl on

Danielle, that was pretty ignorant. Are you rocking the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? I highly doubt it.

Jamila R on

Danielle done pissed everybody off! I say post a pic of yourself and let us all be the judge.

sunnie on

This woman apparently had a very sad & lonely life, despite her wealth. The old saying ‘money can’t buy happiness’ is so true in her case. Hope she was reunited with her family in Heaven!

StaffordJerome on

my classmate’s sister-in-law brought home $17033 past week. she is making money on the computer and bought a $416500 house. All she did was get lucky and put to use the guide explained on this sitem a k e c a s h 4 .[c o m]

Tammy on

Danielle — that was rude! I’m sure you are a super model with stunning beauty and a body to die for.

The pink diamond is simply beautiful!!
I’ll have to go read about her again. I think her an accountant and lawyer were stealing money from her…

Janie on

Let’s see a photo of you – you’re truly a class act – knucklehead!

wowwww! on

would LOVE to snag the pink diamond, so beautiful! may the best price win!!

sharon on

I called and asked my husband if he would buy me that pink diamond, he said that he loved me alot but not that much HEHEHE…what true love huh !!! as for Danielle, shame on you !! i think Huguette was an attractive lady…. lets see what you look like and we’ll let you know if you look like a “monkey in a silk dress” that was just plain rude…. don’t be sooo judgemental, looks ARE NOT everything….. may she rest in peace now !

Jenn on

Who knows maybe she was happy being alone….

Monica on

Danielle~ You need to also realize that this picture was taken many decades ago when styles were quite a bit different. If you would take the time to look at other photos from that era, you would notice that very few people looked ‘stunning’.

It is probably due to ignorant people like you that this beautiful person chose to live a life of solitude for 70+ years. If you do not know someone, do not comment on their beauty!

kay massey on

Danielle, too bad your folks didn’t tear your tail up a few times, or….maybe you really did crawl out from under that famous rock we’ve all heard about. Karma’s gonna do a number of you GF! Shame shame.

Betty Boop on

Danielle, ur a POMPOUS A**

Rojobahr on

In her day, Ms. Clark was considered a beauty. Only an uneducated person with a narrow world outlook would make such an inane comment on that picture. I don’t think anyone has ever accused an internet troll of being intelligent, anyway.

Karen on

Shame, shame on Danielle. If Huguette wanted to be alone it was her business. Some people like living alone.

Crystal on

Is that a man?

Reggie on

Danielle you poor child….did mommy and daddy never pay attention to you….. so sad.

Jim Bogner on

Not everyone is photogenic. She had been a very popular socialite in NYC. At the age of 21, in 1928, she inherited $60,000,000.

Picture’s history: She had just been granted a divorce in Reno, NV and she and her Mother were leaving for a vacation in Hawaii when a photographer took this picture.

KC on

Ignorant and RUDE Danielle! Anyhow, to the person questioning the bracelets in the picture, yes, they are part of the estate up for auction. The picture is the last known shot of her and was taken in
Nevada the day she finalized her divorce.

Naomi on

@Danielle on March 14th, 2012

I dont think your an oil painting either Danielle actually alot of the readers of this article actually think your a joke, seriously get a life, This woman has lived a life of richies, that you will never have. And the funny thing about all this is, I dont even know you, But if a person has the time to post what you have, Be careful what comes around goes around. Everyone deserves respect and I believe Huguette Clark certainly does.

Ayantika on

Danielle you are a sad human being. She’s DEAD for God’s sake! Have SOME respect! I so feel bad for this woman. She really didn’t have anyone, esp. during her final days. We as humans should take a few pages out of HER book when it comes to giving. She seemed genuine. I pray NOBODY leads a life like hers. May God bless her soul.

Jim Bogner on

Please check out the Santa Barbara Independent article about Huguette Clark – ( Under the comments section see the comment by “bobbydias”. He said that Huguette went to court to disown her relatives (in the 1950’s). He said: “You talked about not seeing the Clarks anymore. Huguette disowned them legally in a court in Santa Barbara, I watched the court proceeding”.

painter mike on

greetings just saw that people were talking about hugett clark…i was a painter at the hosiptal where see stayed at for a year and had seen her a few can tell you people she was a sweet lady we talked about the beattle being kiled ( john lennon) one funny thing she liked the smell of new paint,,,, i never new she had any money she just was a nice person,,,,,

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