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

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

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