Hilary Kay Biography
Hilary Kay is a British antiques expert, independent consultant, lecturer, writer and broadcaster. She is best known for her appearance on the Antiques Roadshow.
Hilary Kay Age
She was born on December 16, 1956.
Hilary Kay Husband
Hillary is married to Michael Dunning. The couple tied the knot in 2001 in the British Virgin Islands. He is a commercial photographer based in Oxford, England and Sydney, Australia. He has worked with ASDA, Xerox, Marks and Spencer, Nina Ricci among others.
Hilary Kay Auction
Kay has been passionate about antiques since she was young and was always fascinated by mechanical antiques as she was born into a family of engineers. She began her career in auction working for fine art and antique dealers Spink & Son in St. James’s. In 1977, at the age of 20, she joined Sotheby’s Collectors’ Department. At the age of 21 she became the company’s youngest ever auctioneer.
In 1981 she 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.
In 1999 she left Sotheby’s, at the time she was a senior director.
She developed her own company Art & Antique Events, a corporate entertainment company which provides antiques-based events and entertainments to corporate and private clients.
Hilary Kay Antiques Roadshow
Hillary is a cast member of Antiques Roadshow. She has appeared on the show as an expert since 1978. Her memorable find is a tinplate toy biplane by Märklin, which belonged to the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
She has also 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.
Hilary Kay Illness
As of 2021 Hilary has no illness known to the public.
Hilary Kay Net worth
She has an estimated net worth of $12 million.