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$10 million Degas stolen from reclusive heiress goes to museum

March 15, 2012

UDPATE: More than 400 items from Clark’s estate including a $35 million Monet will be auctioned by Christies – news in this blog.

ORIGINAL POST: The strange life of Huguette Clark, the copper heiress who died last year at age 104, keeps getting stranger as detailed in the MSNBC report about a $10 million Degas ballerina painting stolen from her and now destined for the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. The painting disappeared sometime in the 1990’s from Clark’s extensive Fifth Avenue apartment complex overlooking New York’s Central Park (the complex is now on the market for $55 million and requires substantial work — a pricey fixer-upper, indeed). According to MSNBC, the painting ended up in the home of Henry Bloch (the “H” in H&R Block),  who purchased it in good faith.  Even after the theft was discovered and the FBI brought in, the very private Clark declined to make a stink lest the affair become public.  MSNBC’s collection of stories offers amazing insights into Clark’s life.

9.0 carrat pink diamond from the estate of Huguette Clark coming to auction at Christie’s April 12, 2012, estimate $6-8 million.

Huguette Clark, copper heiress, c. 1920’s.


BTW, Christie’s announced they are auctioning her jewelry April 12, 2012 and expect the sale to yield $9-12 million, most of that from the sale of a 9 carat pink diamond, estimated at $6-8 million.

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