- Joined Sotheby’s in 1990
- Oversees Latin American Art and Fine Art consignments in Miami
- Is a key player in the Latin American Art market
- Has secured key consignments for Latin Art and Contemporary Art sales
- Began as Sotheby’s sole representative in Venezuela
Axel Stein joined Sotheby’s in 1990. Since 2000, he has overseen consignment management and all major sales of Latin American Art and other Fine Art in Miami. Mr Stein has been instrumental in securing highly important consignments for the Latin American Art and the Contemporary Art departments in New York. Mr. Stein is currently the Head of the Latin American Art Department at Sotheby´s
His initial role was as the firm’s sole representative in Venezuela, based in Caracas. Through his experience, he has become a key player in the Latin American Art market, having participated in several record sales during the past decade, including the 1997 sale of The Beatriz Plaza Collection of Modern Art, which realised $15.4 million. The collection included an exceptional group of Giorgio Morandi paintings, drawings and prints, which sold in London for $11 million, above the pre-auction estimate of $4.7 to $6.3 million.
In 2004, Mr Stein was instrumental in finding and selling Arturo Michelena’s “missing” masterpiece, L’Enfant Malade, which sold to one of Mr Stein's Venezuelan clients for $1.4 million, well above a presale estimate of $150,000 to $250,000.
Previously, Mr Stein was a Professor at Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, and later was the Curator of International Exhibitions for the Paintings department at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas (1978 to 1982), where he was co-founder of the Research Institute of Latin American Art ascribed to the museum. From 1982 to 1990, he was the Director of the Sala de Exposiciones of the Fundación Eugenio Mendoza in Caracas.
Educated in France, Switzerland and Belgium, Mr Stein earned a Master's degree in Art History from the Université de Bruxelles in 1977.