The first known owner of this fine Vuillaume was the collector R. D. Waddell of Glasgow, Scotland, who also owned the ‘Betts’ Stradivari. It then passed to another notable collector, Nathan E. Posner of Beverly Hills, California, who in turn sold it to the American violinist Louis Kaufman. Kaufman himself owned many instruments, including the ‘Zimbalist’ Guadagnini and the ‘Barrère’ Stradivari. A highly active performer, he played for hundreds of MGM films, including Casablanca and Gone With the Wind. He also premiered works by Copeland, Milhaud and Martinů and made the first recording of the Barber Violin Concerto. Kaufman sold the violin to the Rembert Wurlitzer Company and since then it has remained in the USA.
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