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 Ch  â  teau

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 Ch  â  teau, 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

  The Copper King Mansion, Butte, Montana

The Copper King Mansion, Butte, Montana