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Huguette Clark Jewels

March 14, 2012 by staff 

Huguette Clark Jewels, A reclusive heiress’ spectacular collection of jewels – which sat in a bank vault for more than 60 years – is expected to fetch millions at a Christie’s auction next month.

Huguette Clark, who died at Beth Israel Medical Center at age 104 last year, wore some of the baubles as a young debutante in the 1920s.

They include a 9-carat pink diamond ring that Huguette inherited from her mother, which is expected to bring between $6 million and $8 million at the April 17 sale.

Another whopper of a diamond ring comes in at 19 carats and was made by Cartier. The highest grade of white diamond, it carries an estimate of $2 million to $3 million.

The head of Christie’s jewelry department, Rahul Kadakia, remembers the moment he opened the box.

“Even in that dimly lit bank vault, I knew this was an incredible stone. Wow!” he said. “It was the first box I opened and you think, ‘This is going to be one helluva ride.’”

Kadakia said he got a call from the auction house’s estates department that he needed to assess Clark’s jewelry. He knew her name and history and expected it would be good.

“But I had no inkling I would go into that bank vault and open it up and look at this pink diamond that would blow me away,” he said.

“It was the best half-hour I spent in a bank vault in a long, long time.”

There were 17 jewels altogether – and not all of them are worth seven figures.

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