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Christie's American Art Department Appointment and Promotion

M.A.D. staff | April 7th, 2017

Christie’s has appointed Will Haydock as head of department for American art. He joined the American art department at Christie’s in May 2014 as specialist head of sale. Since then, he has been responsible for notable auction consignments, including Norman Rockwell’s Country Editor, William Bradford’s Midnight Sun, The Arctic, Thomas Hart Benton’s Ozark Autumn, N.C. Wyeth’s “Hands Up!,” and Frederick Carl Frieseke’s The Garden as well as significant contributions in private sales.

Before joining Christie’s, Haydock worked in the American art department at another auction house. He received his undergraduate degree in communications and mathematics from Boston College, after which he spent two and a half years as a financial advisor at Ameriprise Financial and then UBS before acquiring his M.A. in art business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Elizabeth Beaman has been promoted to senior director to focus on high-level business-getting for the American art department. Beaman has over 16 years of experience in the field and has been with Christie’s since 2011. Under her leadership as head of department since 2014, the department has captured the position of market leaders, culminating in a 59% market share for 2016.

During her tenure at Christie’s, Beaman has overseen the sales of major works such as Edward Hopper’s East Wind over Weehawken, Norman Rockwell’s The Rookie, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lake George Reflection. She has also curated a special private selling exhibition of American illustrators and handled many distinguished single-owner collections, including the collection of Kippy Stroud. The American art department broke auction records for three major American Impressionists this past season.

Originally published in the April 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest

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