Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: “Jonah the Whale” bank, $119,925, Morphy Auctions

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by Ken Hall

A “Jonah the Whale” cast iron mechanical bank by J. & E. Stevens sold for $119,925 at a Mechanical & Still Bank Sale held Jan. 14 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, an unmarked cast iron “Seek Him Frisk” mechanical bank featuring a playful cat and dog gaveled for $48,000; a Charles A. Bailey “Wishbone” mechanical bank earned $39,000; and a “Little Red Riding Hood” mechanical bank by W. S. Reed huffed and puffed and finally knocked down for $33,210. Prices include a 23 percent buyer’s premium.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: “Jonah the Whale” bank, $119,925, Morphy Auctions