The Seymour Stein Collection

Auction Details

  • Auction: May 2, 9 & 10 at 11AM

  • Public Preview: (For May 2)
    Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue,
    New York, NY 10021

    April 30, 11AM - 8PM
    May 1, 11AM - 8PM
    May 1, 6PM - 8PM - Meet the Collector Reception

  • Public Preview: (For May 9 & 10)
    Stewart International Airport, 270 Breunig Road,
    New Windsor, NY 12553

    May 7, 11AM - 8PM
    May 8, 11AM - 8PM

  • Auction Location: (For May 2)
    Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY 10021

  • Auction Location: (For May 9 & 10)
    Stewart International Airport, 270 Breunig Road,
    New Windsor, NY 12553

Session Details

Featured Lots

Art Deco

Rare Art Deco Gate
Edgar Brandt

Art Deco Bronze
Mirror - Winter

Pianos Daude

"All Aboard for the Moon"
Miner Litho. Co.


Art Deco Vase

Nancy Vase

Art Pottery Vase

The Auction

New York - Starting May 2, New York City-based auction house Guernsey’s in conjunction with Mid-Hudson Galleries, will offer for sale the collection of Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records and Vice President of Warner Bros Records. The Seymour Stein Auction will feature approximately 2,400 items of original art, rare advertising, ceramics, and a wide assortment of other collectibles from the music mogul’s private collection.

Stein is most notably known in the music industry for signing pioneer artists such as Madonna, the Pretenders, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and The Undertones. His career began as early as high school, working part-time for Billboard in the 1950s. In 1966, Stein and record producer Richard Gottehrer founded Sire Productions, which led to Sire Records. In 1975, Stein signed the Ramones, ushering in an 18-year period of unrivalled success for the label, whose artists have achieved record shattering revenues, awards and recognition over the last four decades.

His talent as a music industry executive is only rivaled by his eye as a collector of fine art. According to Art Daily, Madonna stated that Stein “started collecting Art Deco back in the early 1960s, long before it was in vogue and moved onto the Symbolist and Pre-Raphaelite paintings a few years later.” Ahmet Ertegun, Co-founder of the legendary record label Atlantic, added that “Seymour Stein has been an avid collector of art, objects d’art and antique furnishings. His love and knowledge of music is matched by his aesthetic sense in the selection of the articles in his collection.” Stein’s works of art amassed over the past two decades, many discovered during his frequent trips to Europe to scout musical talent, has culminated into a large, wonderfully diverse collection. Items for sale include:

Lot 69: Rare Art Deco Gate, Edgar Brandt - Three-part Art Deco wrought iron panel made by Edgar Brandt. Hand-hammered, central panel depicts a bronze diving girl on a platform. (Starting price: $2,000)

Lot 172: Sir John Everett Millais - Sir John Everett Millais painted this picture when he was 17 years old and it is one of his earliest known works. The painting depicts the Tribe of Benjamin Seizing the Daughters of Shiloh. In 1840, Millais became the youngest student every admitted to The Royal Academy, where he exhibited his first painting, Pizarro Seizing the Inca of Peru. A work of considerable importance to his oeuvre, Tribe of Benjamin was the second painting Millais exhibited at the Academy in 1849; it won a gold medal there when Millais was only 19 years old. (Starting price: $50,000)

Lot 174: Robert Tait McKenzie - American bronze, “The Relay” signed and dated 1910. (Starting price: $10,000)

For additional information visit or contact Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280. For media inquiries or to request an interview, please contact Dara Busch at 212-584-4271 or

Online Bidding

Those who are unable to attend the auction but would like to participate can view the full catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at


Interested bidders should also review the Terms & Conditions, as well as the Bidder Agreement form, and the Absentee Bid form.


Guernsey's welcomes inquiries from the media regarding both past and upcoming events. PDF copies of the press release and links to media coverage of our Seymour Stein Collection are available below:

Press Release (May 2, 9 & 10 - 2015)