Volume 4 Number 25
June 22, 2007


Alex Sink, Florida’s chief financial officer, is urging treasure hunters to join the bidding for unclaimed jewelry, coins, antiques and collectibles at a public auction on Saturday, August 4, in Orlando. The auction offers items for bid to the public. The net proceeds of the auction are deposited into the State School Trust Fund for the benefit of Florida’s public schools. Since the inception of the Unclaimed Property Program, the state’s public schools have benefited from more than $1.5 billion in unclaimed property proceeds.

The items offered for sale at the auction are unclaimed contents from abandoned bank safe deposit boxes that have been turned over to the Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Unclaimed Property, after being unclaimed for at least three years. The Bure
au makes an effort to find owners or heirs and last year returned more than $100 million in cash and property to rightful owners.  In addition, the proceeds from items sold at the auction are always available to the owners or heirs to claim.

The auction will be held on August 3 & 4 in Orlando at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center at the Florida Mall.

Registration and Preview: Friday, August 3, 2007, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Preview this day only - no preview on day of a

Auction: Saturday, August 4, 2007, 10:00 AM - until finished (Registration will open at 8:00 a.m.)
Location: The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Florida Mall, Sand Lake Road and S. Orange Blossom Trail (U.S. 441), 1500 Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL 32809  Phone: 407-859-1500  www.thefloridahotelorlando.com

Please visit www.fltreasurehunt.org, where you can learn more about the unclaimed property program, search our database of unclaimed accounts and file claims for accounts for which you believe you are entitled. You may also contact us by telephone at 888-258-2253 (toll-free in Florida) or 850-413-5555.

Additional information, including a free, downloadable catalog, will soon be available on www.FLTreasureHunt.org Web site and from Fisher Auction Company at www.fisherauction.com.