The officers took 17 cars, 98 bottles of wine, uncashed checks worth more than $80,000, 42 sterling silver platters and 14 television sets, not counting the one built into the golf cart with the Rolls-Royce grille, which they also took away.
Internal Revenue Service officers, who raided the three homes of Jeffrey and Karol Levitt several weeks ago, took away just about everything of value and even a few common household items. Although the IRS did not provide a figure for the value of the goods, the inventory provides a fascinating glimpse of the life styles of the former Old Court Savings & Loan president and his wife.
The goods, taken from houses near Baltimore, Ocean City, Md., and Boca Raton, Fla., are being held in secret locations. The IRS, which claims the Levitts owe the government $1.67 million in back taxes, plans to auction the items sometime in the next few months.
The IRS logged 273 pieces of sterling silver, not counting the cutlery or the 162 sterling miniature decorations, or the many items that were silver-plated. There were 16 sterling creamers, 21 sterling bowls, nine sterling coffeepots and seven sterling teapots, nine sterling chafing dishes, 43 sterling trays, 23 sterling napkin rings, and six sterling gravy boats.
They took 14 pieces of Steuben glass that are highly prized as art objects. A representative for the noted auction firm of Sotheby Parke Bernet said the IRS description implies the glass pieces were made between 1905 and 1930 and would have an average selling price of between $500 and $3,000 each.
The IRS agents also seized several furs, including a mink jacket, a mink fur stole and a knee-length fur coat. They found the uncashed checks in a bathroom safe and also took certificates for more than 60,000 shares of stock belonging to the Levitts and their sons.
The officers also carted away a cigarette vending machine from the kitchenette of the Levitts' Lutherville home, and three slot machines and a silver french horn from the upstairs den. Other recreational items seized included a set of golf clubs, a three-screen television, two "gaming machines" and a glass-and-mirror player piano.
Although the inventory did not include the cars seized from the Levitts' warehouses, the IRS had announced earlier that it had taken at least four classic Rolls-Royces, two Cadillacs and two Mercedes-Benzes.
The glass collection in the Levitts' foyer was composed of 190 items. The giant crystal collection contained hundreds more, including seven perfumers. The Boca Raton house had a 21-piece ivory collection. There was one set of three ivory monkeys in the traditional "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" pose, and a similar set in ceramic.
The IRS officers seized 98 bottles of wine from the Lutherville house. The collection, which would probably cost at least $2,000 to duplicate, contains few wines of recent vintage, as though the Levitts stopped collecting several years ago.
It includes several valuable bottles of Bordeaux and Burgundy -- such as three bottles of Chateau Haut Brion '61, which are worth at least $100 a bottle, and three bottles of La Tache Monopole '69, which could be worth more than $200 each.
"If you just want to try one, take the La Tache," said Washington wine merchant David Schildkencht. But the collection also contains several bottles of more common wine, most notably a bottle of Blue Nun.