Explore the world of heiress Huguette Clark from the No. 1 bestselling book Empty Mansions: 
The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark
and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.

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Meet Huguette and her family

Meet Huguette and her family

Go inside her mansions

Go inside her mansions

The Whole Story

When Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a portal into two centuries of American history. Learn more about Empty Mansions, by Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr., Huguette's cousin and one of the few relatives to speak with her.

Tour the Clark treasures

Tour the Clark treasures

Critically Acclaimed

Get the book that critics call "spellbinding," "fascinating" and "riveting." The story of the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and her remarkable family is available in hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audio book. Empty Mansions debuted as a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, and has been optioned for a feature film.

Childhood

Childhood

Adulthood

Adulthood

Marriage and divorce

Marriage and divorce

Jewelry

Jewelry

Self-portraits

Self-portraits

French dolls

French dolls

Exterior of Bellosguardo

Exterior of Bellosguardo

Floor plans, 907 Fifth Avenue

Floor plans, 907 Fifth Avenue

Woodlawn

Woodlawn

Generosity

Generosity

Dollhouse furnishings

Dollhouse furnishings

Japanese castles and houses

Japanese castles and houses

Bellosguardo, Santa Barbara, c. 1940

Bellosguardo, Santa Barbara, c. 1940

Her artwork

Her artwork

Anna, Huguette's mother

Anna, Huguette's mother

Huguette the artist, collector and patron

Huguette the artist, collector and patron

Gardens at Bellosguardo

Gardens at Bellosguardo

Art student

Art student

Instruments

Instruments

Inside 907 Fifth Avenue

Inside 907 Fifth Avenue

Paintings at Bellosguardo,

Paintings at Bellosguardo,

Books, furnishings, other art

Books, furnishings, other art

Outside Le Beau Château

Outside Le Beau Château

Automobiles at Bellosguardo

Automobiles at Bellosguardo

Bellosguardo from the air

Bellosguardo from the air

Andrée, Huguette's sister

Andrée, Huguette's sister

W.A., Huguette's father

W.A., Huguette's father

Rooms at Bellosguardo

Rooms at Bellosguardo

Early days in France

Early days in France

Andrée's cottage at Bellosguardo

Andrée's cottage at Bellosguardo

A collector's eye

A collector's eye

Fairy tale houses

Fairy tale houses

Etienne, her fiancé

Etienne, her fiancé

Inside Le Beau Château, Connecticut

Inside Le Beau Château, Connecticut

Japanese dolls

Japanese dolls

Staff and friends

Staff and friends

907 Fifth Avenue exterior, New York

907 Fifth Avenue exterior, New York

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York