If shopping for antiques makes you think of poking through dusty little shops or wandering through massive exhibit halls, get ready to go high-tech. A web site headed up by a St. Lawrence graduate and trustee is promising to "revolutionize" the way people buy, sell and research antiques.

Antiques America's CEO is Dekkers Davidson '78, who holds an MBA from Harvard and is a former telecommunications executive. "Antiques is a $25-billion business, a big market," he recently told the Maine Antique Digest. "We need only one percent of it to be successful."

The site boasts the expertise of some of the antique world's biggest celebrities, including Leslie and Leigh Keno and Noel Barrett, appraisers known nation-wide from the public television series "Antiques Roadshow," and allows users to have their treasures appraised. Other features of the site include a dealer directory and calendar of exhibitions, shows and auctions.

Davidson says that he wants the site to be a "powerful information and commercial exchange, both a university and a constant antique show where all sellers are vetted and all merchandise guaranteed."

Check out the Antiques America web site.
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