The First Class Furniture, mirrors carpets, pianos, &c. of a private family--about $4,000 worth--will be exchanged for Bourbon Whiskey, on a cash basis, and $1,000 cash will be added. Address Davis, 249 East Sixty-first street, for three days.
With the house now empty, it was advertised for rent in September: "To Let--Unfurnished, from October 1, the nice little brown stone House, No. 249 East Sixty-first street, in splendid order. Go see it."
The couple was married in 1966 and had a son, Darius, born in 1968. In 1972 a second son, Teimour, was born. The boys’ parents had riveting backgrounds.
David Y. Solomon had grown up in Iraq and was the first Jew to be admitted to the Royal College of Medicine in Baghdad. He fled Jewish persecution, going first to Iran. There practiced medicine before accepting a fellowship at the Alfred Einstein School of Medicine, part of Montefiore Hospital, in 1961.
Yris Rabenou Solomon had grown up in Paris, the daughter of a Persian and a German. When the Nazi’s took over the city, Yris’s mother fled with her and her two siblings. Then, in 1948 the family came to the United States. Yris was a musician and singer, recording mostly French folk music for Columbia Records. Upon her father’s death, she entered the family’s business with her mother, dealing in ancient Persian and Middle Eastern art.
Upon purchasing 249 East 61st Street, the Solomons made gentle renovations, including replacing the garden wall with an expanse of windows and French doors. The house became museum-like, not only with Middle Eastern art and artifacts, but with Dr. Solomon’s collection of West African art. He acquired the pieces over a period of half a century.
According to Teimour Solomon, in the late 1970s the house was a haven for refugees from the Islamic Revolution in Iran. It had already been an important gathering spot for years. “Our home was a central point in the lives of a vast number of people from extremely different circles, in the arts, sciences, and politics over a period of fifty years,” he said recently.
In the 1960s Dr. Solomon was the physician for the Senegalese Ambassador to the United Nations. Through the ambassador’s recommendations, other high-ranking Senegalese, like the Maribout of Senegal, sought Solomon's services. He became both physician and trusted friend. The Solomon house hosted a myriad of high-ranking officials and personalities over the years.
Following their parents’ deaths, Darius and Teimour Solomon placed their remarkable childhood home on the market with George Vanderploeg of Douglas Elliman in 2023.
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