Reclusive Heiress Huguette Clark’s NY Apartments Listed for Combined $55 Million

Last known photo of Huguette Clark, taken by Associated Press.

When the intensely private Huguette Clark passed away in May 2011 at 104 years old, the immediate question was when her extensive real estate collection would hit the market. The heiress owned five properties — a Connecticut estate, three Manhattan apartments and a 23-acre home in Santa Barbara — and each have sat empty for 30 years.

While Clark’s Connecticut estate has been on and off the market, the crown jewel of her collection, three apartments at 907 Fifth Avenue, hit the market last week for a combined $55 million. Priced at $12 million, $19 million and $24 million, respectively, the homes comprise a total of 42 rooms and 15,000-square-feet in one of New York’s most coveted areas: Fifth Avenue across from Central Park.

Worth an estimated $500 million, Clark was the daughter of Montana Sen. William Andrews Clark, who made his money in copper mining. He also owned the parcel of land that Las Vegas now sits on. In the early 1900s, W.A. Clark was described as “either the richest or second-richest American, neck and neck with John D. Rockefeller” and when he passed away, the majority of his wealth went to his only daughter — Huguette Clark.

Views of Central Park

The wealth of the Huguette Clark is only a small piece of the intrigue. Clark was a recluse. Married once but divorced after two years, Clark never had any children and spent most of her time with her mother. After her mother’s death in 1963, she locked herself in the New York apartments, painting and tending to her extensive doll collection in solitude. Even her personal attorney never saw her face; Clark consulted with him from behind closed doors.

In the 1980s, Clark left the apartment for a private hospital room, where she spent the remainder of her days.

Exterior of Huguette Clark’s apartments

Meanwhile, the three New York apartments sat empty, only visited by a weekly cleaning crew who would tend to Clark’s antique doll collection, her mother’s rare stringed instruments and Clark’s father’s art collection, rumored to include priceless paintings, statues, and Greek and Egyptian antiquities.

Described as a “diamond in the rough” the collection of Upper East Side real estate undoubtedly needs updating. While the three apartments are listed separately, combining 8E and 8W would create a full-floor residence worth significantly more. Currently there are no interior photos of the apartment, but floor plans have been released by listing agents Mary Rutherford and Leslie Coleman of Brown Harris Stevens.

907 5th Ave #12W, New York NY
For sale: $24 million

The largest of the three apartments, this home stretches the full length of the Fifth Avenue side of the building with over 100 feet of views of Central Park from its nine enormous windows. A 37-foot gallery features 11-foot ceilings and original herringbone hardwood floors. Much of the home still contains the ornate details and moldings first installed when the building was built in 1915 by architect J.E.R. Carpenter.

Apartment 12W

907 5th Ave #8W, New York NY
For sale: $19 million

Like 12W, this apartment features enormous windows capturing views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue. Featuring 10 rooms — 3 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms — the home also has three wood-burning fireplaces, library and large kitchen.

Apartment 8W

 

907 5th Ave #8E, New York NY
For sale: $12 million

Although the smallest of Clark’s three apartments, the home is still grand in scale with a 47-foot long gallery opening into a corner living room and reception room. The apartment also features a formal dining room, library, designer-sized kitchen, and two-bedroom master suite. High ceilings and expansive walls provide the perfect backdrop for a potential heiress-sized art collection.

Apartment 8E