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'Empty Mansions' Highlights New Canaan Château, Life Of Mysterious Heiress

An aerial view of Huguette Clark's vacant estate in New Canaan
An aerial view of Huguette Clark's vacant estate in New Canaan Photo Credit: Courtesy of Barbara Cleary's Realty Guild

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – A lavish French-style New Canaan manor owned by Manhattan heiress Huguette Clark that has remained unused and vacant for decades is highlighted in a recent book about her empty mansions, the Hartford Courant reported.

“Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune” by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr. is about Clark’s life and her fortune, the report said.

Besides her New Canaan mansion – known as Le Beau Château – Clark’s $300-million estates included a $100 million estate in Santa Barbara, Calif., and a $100 million, 42-room apartment on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park.

Clark, whose father W.A. Clark made some of his fortune in copper mining, purchased the nine-bedroom, eight-bathroom Le Beau Château in 1951 as a getaway, the report said.  It is currently listed for sale at $15.9 million.

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