Kay receiving her certificate of Australian citizenship from Tony Abbott, January 2015
|Born||16 December 1956|
|Occupation||Antiques expert, television presenter, author, lecturer|
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 a member of the team of experts.
Kay's first job was working for fine art and antique dealers Spink & Son in St. James's. 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 auctioneer. A rock and roll fan, in 1981 Kay held the world's first 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 textbook on the subject.
As well as working on television as an expert on Antiques Roadshow from 1979 onwards, 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. 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), which has toured the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Currently Kay presents and curates the online art appreciation course, The Art Institute, operating in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Eire.
Kay has joint British and Australian citizenship.
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