Christie’s, Brown Harris Stevens, Selling Huguette Clark’s Home

The stunning Fifth Avenue flats once owned by reclusive heiress Huguette Clark are officially on the market with a $55 million price tag.

A trio of Manhattan apartments, described as ‘diamonds in the rough’ requiring ‘significant work’, are said to be ‘a time capsule from New York’s Gilded Age‘.

907 Fifth Avenue is a co-operative on 72nd Street. Two of Huguette’s apartments combined have 42 rooms – two of them taking up the 10,000 sq ft eighth floor. The third a 5,000 sq ft flat occupies half of the top 12th floor.

Apartment 12W, 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 ornate moldings that were designed by French & Company in the Louis XVI style.

Apartment 8W has over 100 feet of frontage on Fifth Avenue and more spectacular city views from nine enormous windows. There is a 37-foot paneled gallery and 10 rooms.

Apartment 8E has a 47-by-13 foot windowed gallery, herringbone floors, a 29-foot corner living room; library, reception room, and formal dining room. The ceilings are high and the walls are expansive– an art collector’s dream.

Currently there are no interior photos of the apartment available because Huguette‘s possessions are still being removed. The floor plans have been released by listing agents Mary Rutherfurd and Leslie Coleman of Brown Harris Stevens. The international marketing services are provided by Christie’s International Real Estate.

“We are honored to present to the international stage these historic properties, so inextricably tied to one of the most storied American families,” said Kathleen Coumou, senior vice president for Christie’s International Real Estate. “The Fifth Avenue location is beyond compare.”

While one needs to envision the apartments brought up to date for today’s lifestyle, the bones are here for a unique and fabulous residence. Designed by J.E.R. Carpenter, built in 1915 and winner of the 1916 gold medal of the American Institute of Architects, 907 Fifth Avenue is an Italian palazzo style building with limestone facing. Its commanding location on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street across from the entrance to Central Park is highly coveted.

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.

Their sale come as a legal battle over the 104-year-old’s $400million estate begins – because she created two contrasting wills before her death in May last year.

The first, signed when she was 98, left almost everything to her family.

The second, made just six weeks later, made plans for an art museum in California, a $36million donation to her nurse and handed a $40 million Monet to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.

It also detailed smaller gifts to her godchild, doctor, attorney and accountant – and led to her family accusing them of colluding to influence her will.

Money from the sale will first pay estate expenses, with the remainder going to the winner of the court battle.

Huguette and her mother moved into the building shortly after because their 121 room family home at 962 Fifth Avenue was being demolished.

It had the most expensive apartments in the city. When his daughter turned 21, she received $300 million or $3.6 billion in today’s money.

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