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Keynote Speaker  

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John A. Hays

Keynote Speaker

Deputy Chairman
Christie’s Americas

John Hays, who joined Christie’s in 1983, is considered the premier auctioneer of Americana sales and has presided over numerous landmark sales including:

  • The Nicholas Brown Chippendale desk-and-bookcase, a $12.1 million result which remains the world auction record for American Furniture
  • The Property from the Collection of Mrs. J. Insley Blair featuring a portrait by Charles Willson Peale, George Washington at Princeton, which sold for $21.2 million, setting a world auction record for an American portrait.

Mr. Hays brings tremendous expertise and insight to the field of Americana. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, holds a BA in Art History from Kenyon College, and a degree from Christie’s Fine Arts course in London.