John A. Hays
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.
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