According to the new biography, widowed Mrs Clark solved the problem in 1945 when acclaimed cellist Robert Maas came seeking her help.
Maas wanted to form a string quartet but could not afford instruments. He told the wealthy widow of four rare Stradivarius violins languishing in a Manhattan store which could only be purchased as a group.
Mrs Clark promptly snatched the Cezanne masterpiece from the wall and had her driver take her to an art gallery where she sold the painting and then paid $200,000 ($2.6million today) for the violins.
The generous donation led to the formation of the Paganini Quartet, a renowned classical violinists which became famous the world over.Such lavish spending became commonplace in the life of Huguette Clark, turning her adult-life into a strange place filled with childhood obsessions.
She spent millions of dollars building up a collection of rare French and Japanese dolls.
According to the Post, one of the few people who visited Clark at her apartments in the 1950s said that a long gallery was lined with dolls, each seated on its own sumptuous armchair.
One of Ms Clark’s few outings was to attend Christian Dior fashion shows in order to find clothes to dress her dolls.
The heiress was also obsessed with building miniature models.
A lover of Japanese culture, although she never traveled, Clark paid for someone to travel to Japan to photograph and note the specifications of the castles she wanted to build from the confines of her mansion.
Last month, papers filed in Manhattan Surrogate Court revealed disturbing details in the battle over Miss Clark’s fortune.
According to the papers seen by the New York Post, the heiress was mumbling incoherently and unable to hold the pen when she signed her $300million fortune away to her lawyer, doctor and employees.
Clark’s relatives are opposing Bock’s motion that the will was properly executed and she knew what she was doing when she signed it.
Inside the bizarre world of Huguette Clark: Explosive biography reveals how reclusive heiress spent thousands dressing dolls in designer clothes and building model castles
Daily Mail Reporter
August 11, 2013