New York

An American Dynasty: The Clark Family Treasures

 New York, 18 June 2014, Sale #3479

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


339 lots sold

Total: $8,463,938/£4,993,723/€6,263,314

  96% sold by lot

352 lots offered

£0.59= $1 / €0.74=$1

95% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Girl Fishing, oil on canvas. 

3,000,000 - 5,000,000




US Trade


William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), A Water Fountain in Prospect Park, oil on panel, painted circa 1886.

500,000 - 700,000




US Private


Whitman, Walt (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn: [Printed for the Author], 1855.


100,000 - 150,000




US Trade


Baudelaire, Charles (1821-67). Les Fleurs Du Ma.l Paris: Poulet-Malassis Et De Broise, 1857.

80,000 - 120,000




European Trade


A Pair of Louis XV Porcelain-Mounted, Patinated and Polychrome-Decorated Vernis Martin, Bronze and Ormolu Twin Light Candelabra, The Figures Attributed to Martin Freres, circa 1750.

60,000 - 90,000




European Private


Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878), Lavandières et vaches prés de l'île de vaux, oil on panel.

25,000 - 35,000




US Private


A Louis XV Porcelain-Mounted, Patinated and Polychrome-Decorated Vernis Martin, Bronze and Ormolu Mantel Clock

The Figures Attributed to Martin Freres, The Movement by Etienne Le Noir, circa 1750.

100,000 - 150,000




European Trade


Lionel Walden (1861-1933), Hawaiian Coast, oil on canvas. 


20,000 - 30,000




US Private


Lionel Walden (1861-1933), Hawaiian Ocean with Waves Against the Rocks, oil on canvas. 

30,000 - 50,000




US Private


A French Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood, Satine, Sycamore, Fruitwood Marquetry And Parquetry Dressing Table, Attributed To Maison Krieger, Paris, Late 19th century.

30,000 - 50,000




US Private

Andrew McVinish, Head of Private and Iconic Collections, comments, “It has been a tremendous honor for Christie’s to present this esteemed collection to the global collecting community and we are pleased to have seen participation from bidders from 27 different countries.  The success of An American Dynasty: The Clark Family Treasures cements the lasting legacy of Senator William Andrews Clark and his family as discerning collectors with an impeccable eye who were also tremendously important to the Industrial growth of our nation.  We saw strong prices across all collecting fields in the sale – from rare books and American paintings, to fine jade items and decorative furnishings – which led to a sell-through rate of 96% by lot and new world auction records for author Walt Whitman, artist Lionel Walden, and illustrator Felix Lorioux. Pieces with strong personal ties to the Clark family also performed beyond expectation.  The seventeen paintings by Huguette Clark herself achieved a combined total of $142,625 and were 100% sold, marking the first time her works have ever been sold at auction. 


We are grateful to the administrators of her Estate for entrusting Christie’s with the opportunity to bring the Clark collection to the public eye.  This sale, combined with the May 2014 sale of Impressionist paintings and the April 2012 sale of Jewelry, brings the grand total sold by Christie’s on behalf of the Estate of Huguette M. Clark to $70.2 million.”


Christie’s was entrusted with the sale property from the Estate of Huguette M. Clark by the Honorable Ethel J. Griffin, New York County’s Public Administrator, who oversees the estate. Commissioner Griffin comments, "We are very pleased with the results Christie’s achieved today and earlier this spring for property from the Estate of Huguette M. Clark, which together have yielded a combined total of $49.4 million in sales. The proceeds from tonight's sale will benefit the Estate and its goal of establishing a charitable foundation devoted to arts and culture. Throughout the process, Christie's has helped pay tribute to the collecting legacy of Senator W.A. Clark and his family and reminded us all of this family’s important place in American culture and history.”


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Estimates do not include buyer’s premium.

Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.



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