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MIAMI — U.S. Antique Shows, a major producer of antique shows in North America, has announced that WorthPoint, an online resource for item valuation and reference, has agreed to be the Platinum sponsor of the 51st Annual Original Miami Beach Antique Show.
WorthPoint will also provide free valuations on the Show’s Appraisal Day and demonstrate its new technologies. The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is the world’s largest indoor antique show, which returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach Feb. 2-6, 2012.
Appraisal Day is an annual tradition at the Original Miami Beach Antique Show. This year it will be held from noon-6 p.m. Feb. 4. Each show attendee may bring one item for valuation by a Worthologist (a WorthPoint subject-matter expert), who will give verbal appraisals of each item’s fair market value.
“The Original Miami Beach Antique Show prides itself on featuring the latest trends each year, and our 2012 Show will be no different,” said Andrea Canady, Show Director. “With the addition of WorthPoint as our Platinum sponsor, we’re excited to highlight how its technology is benefiting our industry and the many antique dealers and attendees that participate in our Show every year.”
WorthPoint’s Worthologists will be on the show floor to demonstrate new technology and products that help people value, preserve, buy and sell antiques and collectibles. They include an iPhone/iPad app that serves those roaming from one sales venue to another with pricing data from Worthopedia, the world’s largest online price guide with more than 100 million sales records aggregated from leading auction houses, virtual marketplaces and eBay. The app also locates the nearest shopping venues.
Additionally, Worthologists will demonstrate a new Marks/eReference Library containing detailed information on distinguishing makers’ marks as well as e-books that cover a wide range of collecting topics. WorthPoint’s new and improved sister site, GoAntiques, will be showcased as well. It opens the door to a virtual trading network where dealers target and customize distribution of their inventory, while buyers are notified when items fitting their interests become available.
“We are thrilled to be the Platinum Sponsor of the Original Miami Beach Antique Show and share our new technology and products with show attendees,” said Will Seippel, CEO and founder of WorthPoint. “The collecting community is always on the go, as evidenced by this show, and our products provide the ability to retrieve antique and collectible value and reference data quickly, which makes everyone more successful. This Show is the perfect opportunity for dealers and buyers to meet face to face.”
In its 51st year, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show has 900 established dealers from 22 different countries, including an additional 100 new exhibitors. The Show is must-attend for serious collectors, museum curators, gallery owners and anyone with an interest in antiques and history. Items range from 17th-19th Century furniture, American and European Silver to exquisite time and Art Deco pieces. Show times are noon-8 p.m. Feb. 2-5 and noon-6 p.m. Feb. 6. Admission fee is $20 to attend all five days.
In keeping with its commitment to contributing to the community this year’s charity raffle will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Their Founding Foster Care Fund is dedicated to improving the lives of pets living in shelters and provides temporary care for animals with special needs. Raffle tickets can be purchased to win the grand prize, a man’s and woman’s Rolex watch. Tickets can be purchased during the show at $25 each, five tickets for $100 or online at http://bit.ly/RolexRaffle .
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