With several transactions in between, the home landed in the hands of another renowned owner, Rembert Wurlitzer. A violin expert and grandson of the founder of Wurlitzer Company of Chicago, Rembert started his own company in Manhattan during the time he owned 177 East 71st Street. He bought, sold, and authenticated more than half of all Stradivariuses worldwide. On April 10th of 1946 it was announced that he would sell the instrument known as The Earl of Plymouth. It was said to be one of the world’s finest. That instrument is shown in the press photo which had been used for the announcement. Another successful entrepreneur, Rembert’s company became a leading center for rare string instruments.
Not three years after the amazing Stradivarius sale, Rembert sold his home to Eliot Pratt. Pratt was the third son of George Dupont Pratt and grandson of the Standard Oil magnate Charles Pratt. He served as chairman of Goddard College in Vermont which now houses the Eliot Pratt Center and Eliot D Pratt Library in his honor. Pratt held onto the property for almost 20 years before he sold it in 1968.
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