It’s not an obsession of mine (daydreaming about being really really rich) but I used to walk around the Frick Museum on Fifth Avenue — once the private home of Henry Clay Frick — trying to imagine what it must have been like to call this mansion home.
That’s why I’ve been intrigued in the past year by the death of Huguette Clark, the reclusive copper heiress, who died last summer at the age of 104. She owned three apartments in one of New York’s most exclusive buildings, 907 Fifth Avenue at 72nd Street.
Now the three apartments she owned there are up for sale at the bargain basement prices of $12 million, $19 million and $24 million each. Each one has about 5,000 square feet but the smallest and cheapest does not have views of the park.
Miss Clark, who never married and who spent her last years in a hospital room, had lived in the apartments since the 1920s and, according to Brown Harris Stevens, the realtor selling these beauties, the apartments look virtually untouched.
To enter this apartment is to be transported back to another era. Mrs. Clark resided here from the 1920’s and it is believed that many of the rooms embellished with ornate moldings were designed at that time by French & Company in the Louis XVI style. The apartment stretches the full length of the Fifth Avenue facade of the building, offering over 100 feet of frontage on the Avenue and exceptional views of Central Park and the West Side skyline. Light streams through the nine oversized windows on the Fifth Avenue exposure.
I would love to get a look inside (here are the floor plans) but, so far, have been told only qualified buyers are eligible, and I happen to be more than a few million short this week. But who knows? Maybe it will be opened up to a press tour and I’ll get in or some kindly billionaire will read this post and have me along.
As if. I’m still trying to get into the Dakota Apartments, where Yoko Ono still lives, but I’ve not been lucky there either. I’m still trying but, till then, The Frick Museum will have to suffice.