The late heiress Huguette Clark was known for her reclusive nature, rarely leaving her apartment and spending the last two decades of her life voluntarily living in a hospital.
But a new book reveals there was one hobby that drew Clark out of her shell: a lifelong infatuation with expensive dolls. In their new book “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune,” authors Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr. report that Clark amassed a doll collection worth an estimated $2 million.
Clark’s life was full of eccentric tales. For example, she owned two mansions in California and New York worth a combined $150 million — but she never visited either location. She also spent more than 20 years living in New York’s Beth Israel Hospital at a cost of more than $400,000 a year, even though she did not have any diagnosed illness.
She lived to be 104. Her father was 22 during the Civil War, and Clark lived to see the nation's firstRead More »from Reclusive heiress Huguette Clark spent millions on doll collection