American Heiress’s Jewels to Be Auctioned

Recluse Huguette Clark was one of the country’s richest women

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

We’re not sure which is more fascinating: the spectacular jewelry or the story behind them.

Either way, those with a few million to burn will want to check out the upcoming Christie’s auction featuring jewels of Huguette Clark.

Today reports the pieces from the reclusive copper-mining heiress, one of the wealthiest women in America, who died last year at the ripe old age of 104, were probably in a bank vault for 70-plus years but will be up for bidding April 17.

Clark lived in “self-imposed seclusion” from 1930, according to the news show, which may be why she didn't have much need to wear her rare pink 9-carat diamond ring worth $6 million to $8 million, her colorless diamond 19-carat ring worth $2 million to $3 million or her 1925 Art Deco diamond and emerald Cartier bracelet worth $50,000 to $70,000.

“To have this collection of jewels from the gilded age is going to be fabulous at auction,” Christie’s Rahul Kadakia tells Today. “It's one of the best periods of jewelry manufacturing.”

If only her journals were included as well.

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First Published March 14, 2012

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