Scot M. Levitt is the Vice President and Director of Fine Arts at Bonhams in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Since joining the company in 1984, Levitt has handled business getting, appraisals and management of the company's Fine Arts Department, which holds more than a dozen annual sales in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Levitt is a member of the company's highly regarded auctioneering team, and has presided over fine art sales and charity auctions, including those featuring works of art from the Estate of Los Angeles philanthropist Nancy M. Daly and property from the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.
Under Levitt's tutelage, Bonhams Fine Arts Department has grown exponentially, adding approximately one auction each month since 1990. This unprecedented development includes additions in the sale categories of Fine Prints and Fine Photographs as well as European, "Made in California," Modern, Contemporary, Latin American, California and Western works of art.
Levitt is a seasoned art world professional with three decades of experience in the field. His expertise ranges from old master to modern, with a particular interest in California and Western paintings and sculpture, a collecting category that Bonhams has almost single-handedly introduced to the world stage with several auction records and groundbreaking prices.
Prior to his position at Bonhams, Levitt spent a year in London studying in a Works of Art program at an auction house, and, before that, he was the Director of a prominent gallery in Colorado Springs, Colo., which he started at in 1982.
Throughout the course of his career, Levitt has developed ongoing relationships with major international collectors and institutions. He has guided both public and private acquisitions, deaccessions and sales, including works from the estates of noted art dealers Holly Solomon, New York; and Eugenia and June Butler, Los Angeles, Calif., as well as noted institutions such as The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts and the Oakland Museum of California. Levitt has played an integral role in building the core collections of the California Club in Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Athletic Club; the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles; and the Irvine Museum in California.
Levitt holds a BA in Art History from Colorado College. He is member of both the prestigious American Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Art Dealers Association of America.