PITTSBURGH — The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) is celebrating its 26th annual convention in Pittsburgh this May. “We plan on taking the city by storm and ‘Steel’ your heart with our incredible events and breathtaking perfume bottles” says, Jeffrey Sanfilippo, IPBA president.
One of the highlights of the convention will be an exciting perfume bottle auction on Friday evening, May 2, with Nicholas Dawes, “Antiques Roadshow” celebrity, as auctioneer.
Dawes is Vice President of Special Collections for Heritage Auction Galleries in New York. The IPBA hosts the longest-running specialty auction of perfume bottles in the U.S., and the public is invited to attend this free event.
“We are really thrilled about our keynote speaker, one of Pittsburgh’s local celebrities, Anne Madarasz, from the Heinz History Museum and author of “Glass Shattering Notions,” says Deborah Washington, Conventions Chair and organizer of the event. “We look forward to many entertaining presentations, but also plan on seeing the sights.”
Many events are open to the public from Friday night to Sunday noon. A free learning program, “Collecting Perfume Bottles 101,” on May 3 from 2:15-3:15 p.m. includes door prizes, refreshments, starter packet and is followed by gratis entry into the Exhibit Hall Show and Sale.
For more information, visit the IPBA website at www.perfumebottles.org.