Hilary Kay

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Hilary Kay
Hilary Kay receiving her Australian citizenship certificate from Tony Abbott January 2015.jpg
Hilary Kay receiving her Australian citizenship certificate from Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the 2015 National Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony
Nationality British, Australian
Occupation Antiques expert, television presenter, author, lecturer
Television Antiques Roadshow

Hilary Marion Kay (born 16 December 1956) is a British antiques expert, author and lecturer, probably best known for her many appearances on BBC TVs Antiques Roadshow programme on which she is one of the team of experts.

Kay's first job was working for fine art and antique dealers Spink & Son in St. James's.[1] In 1977, Kay accepted an offer to join Sotheby's Collectors’ Department. Later that year Kay became head of that department and, aged 21, became the company's youngest ever[citation needed] auctioneer. A rock and roll fan, in 1981 Kay held the world's first[citation needed] rock and roll memorabilia auction, handled the sale of Elton John's collection in 1988 and in 1992 wrote Rock ’n’ Roll Collectables: An Illustrated History of Rock Memorabilia, the first[citation needed] text book on the subject.

As well as working on television as an expert on Antiques Roadshow from 1978 onwards,[1][2] Kay presented a landmark series for BBC One, Brilliantly British, which explored the lives of Thomas Chippendale, Josiah Wedgwood and William Morris. Kay has written or contributed to a number of books on the subject of antiques and collectables and has appeared in numerous television and radio programmes.

Kay is a fan of mechanical antiques, having been born into a family of engineers. She is also a car enthusiast; one of her early influences was the James Bond film Goldfinger, where she loved the Aston Martin DB5. In 2009, for a special episode of BBC TV's Priceless Antiques Roadshow, Kay was behind the wheel of the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

Kay, by then a Senior Director, left Sotheby's in 1999. She now runs Art & Antique Events, a corporate entertainment company which provides antiques-based events and entertainments to corporate and private clients.[3] She created and produces a stage show with fellow Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury called 'Have You Had it Long Madam?' (Tales from the Roadshow),[4] which has toured the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

On 27 December 2010 Kay won an edition of BBC One's Celebrity Mastermind, having chosen 'The Life and Works of Josiah Wedgwood' as her specialist subject.[5]

Kay became an Australian citizen on 26 January 2015.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hilary Kay". Vectis Direct. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ "A National Treasure: 30 Years of Antiques Roadshow". The Independent. 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  3. ^ Art and Antiques Events with the Antiques Roadshow experts
  4. ^ Have You Had It Long, Madam?
  5. ^ [1] 'Roadshow expert braves Celebrity Mastermind' Homes and Antiques Magazine website
  6. ^ "Australia Day 2015: Antiques Roadshow presenter Hilary Kay becomes Australian citizen". ABC News. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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