Every time I drive on Sunset through Beverly Hills, I glance south at a certain turn in the road toward the home where I once met Max Palevsky, probably the most smartest, most eccentric and yet most successful man I’d ever met. He had an amazing art collection—some of it of Modernist masters, but also Los Angeles artists—and an even more amazing American decorative arts collection. But when I saw the line of about 15 gorgeous eyeglass cases lined up on his bedside table, I knew that I was in the presence of a true collector. Some will remember Palevsky, who according to the Los Angeles Times died today at age 85 of heart failure, as a businessman, some will recall the adventurous investor, some the ardent Democrat, some a friend and some an inveterate patron of academe and the arts. He was all of those, and always in a very big way as I learned from our chat that day. Palevsky was curious about everything. And in many ways, his curiosity is what drove his success.
My Los Angeles Times profile, from 2001 can be found here.
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