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Mechanical and Still penny banks are one of the more fascinating of the growing collectible fields. We have sold the very best and certainly the rarest to be offered by any auction house in the world and find banks has the highest levels of interest with collectors of fine craftsmanship. Together with stunning actions, bank collecting can be truly addictive.

Recent Prices Realized

Price Realized ($252,000)

Preacher at the Pulpit Mechanical Bank

Preacher at Pulpit Mechanical

This bank is one of only three known examples, a landmark bank from a line-up of great collections, it was the top lot at the Max Berry I auction in November 2014. Est. $150,000 – $175,000

Price Realized ($53,100)

Mammy with Child Mechanical

Mammy with Child Mechanical

The ever popular Mammy with Child Mechanical bank by Kyser and Rex Co. was a near mint conditioned example from famed Donal Markey collection March 2011. Est. $20,000 – $30,000

Price Realized ($39,000)

Milking Cow Mechanical

Milking Cow Mechanical

Setting a new world record for highest price at auction for this bank, from the Clive Devilish collection offered October 2015, this bank was truly a gem. Est. $25,000 – $35,000

Price Realized ($50,400)

Dentist Mechanical Bank

Dentist Mechanical Bank

. Another beautiful specimen from the famous Max Berry collection, this dentist bank more than doubled the high estimation and is a definite highlight to any collection. March 2015. Est. $18,000 – $20,000

Price Realized ($36,000)

Mickey Mouse Tin Mechanical

Mickey Mouse Tin Mechanical

A familiar face, but an uncommon mechanical bank, the Mickey Mouse mechanical bank is an elusive piece for any serious tin bank collection. November 2014. Est. $15,000 – $18,000

Price Realized ($5,900)

Arcade Taxi Still Bank

Arcade Taxi Still Bank

A very desirable example, this Arcade still bank was as good as it gets in Near Mint condition. Offered in our March 2012 sale. Est. $1,500 – $2,000

Price Realized ($4,888)

Baseball with Three Bats

Baseball with Three Bats

A rare Hubley still bank in even more rare stellar condition is a highlight for any collection, offered in our June 2011 sale. Est. $1,500 – $2,000

Price Realized ($24,000)

Chief Big Moon Mechanical Bank

Chief Big Moon Mechanical Bank

Also called the Indian Camp Bank, this boxed example from the Clive Devilish collection is bright and beautiful. October 2015. Est. $20,000 – $28,000

Price Realized ($23,600)

Ives Palace Still Bank

Ives Palace Still Bank

A circa 1885 Ives Palace bank, easily the most elaborate casting of all still banks from the Donal Markey Collection, March 2011. Finest example known. Est. $4,000 – $6,000

Price Realized ($25,960)

Globe Savings Fund Bank

Globe Savings Fund Bank

Tripling the estimation in our March 2011 auction this colorful Donal Markey bank was a happy edition to its new collectors shelf. Est. $7,000 – $9,000

Price Realized ($11,500)

JM Harper Cleveland Bank

JM Harper Cleveland Bank

JM Harper still banks are likely the most elusive and sought after by advanced collectors, this Cleveland bust is reportedly one of two known to exist, offered in June 2011 auction. Est. $8,000 – $9,000

Price Realized ($120,000)

Clown on Bar Mechanical

Clown on Bar Mechanical

. Originally from the Hegarty collection, and now offered in the Max Berry collection, this extremely rare Clown on Bar mechanical bank is as minty as it gets. November 2014. Est. $60,000 – $80,000

Price Realized ($90,000)

Mikado Mechanical Bank

Mikado Mechanical Bank

A very rare mechanical bank with very amusing action, this colorful bank was a prized piece in our March 2015 auction of the Max Berry Collection. Est. $80,000 – $90,000

Price Realized ($11,800)

City Bank with Chimney

City Bank with Chimney

Another steelar Donal Markey piece, this scarce still bank version with color and condition was a pleasant addition to the collectors shelves. Est. $4,000 – $4,500

Price Realized ($8,625)

Santa Claus Still Bank

Santa Claus Still Bank

Made from lead, this German Santa Claus still bank has fantastic molding details and is as rare as it gets in lead banks, from our March 2012 sale. Est. $1,000 – $1,500

Price Realized ($25,960)

Globe Savings Fund Bank

Globe Savings Fund Bank

Tripling the estimation in our March 2011 auction this colorful Donal Markey bank was a happy edition to its new collectors shelf. Est. $7,000 – $9,000

Price Realized ($17,250)

Fowler Mechanical Bank

Fowler Mechanical Bank

In our November 2010 auction this bank flew like a bird across the auction floor to its new owner. Est. $8,000 – $10,000

Price Realized ($10,925)

Novelty Mechanical Bank

Novelty Mechanical Bank

Bright and colorful, this minty Donal Markey piece is likely the brightest and best known example, offered in March 2011. Est. $5,000 – $6,000

Price Realized ($8,050)

Cat and Mouse Bank Pattern

Cat and Mouse Bank Pattern

Extremely rare to find in any version, this original J and E Stevens brass pattern was offered complete in our June 2011 sale. Est. $4,000 – $5,000

Price Realized ($7,080)

Bad Accident Mechanical Bank

Bad Accident Mechanical Bank

Upside down letter version of the bank, this pristine conditioned example was featured in our May 2014 auction. Est. $4,000 – $4,500

Price Realized ($11,800)

Multiplying Mechanical Bank

Multiplying Mechanical Bank

Possibly the finest known example, this J and E Stevens bank had the color and condition to make the estimations a mere multiple of the final hammer price. Est. $800 – $1,000

Price Realized ($4,600)

Building with Belfry Bank

Building with Belfry Bank

Attributed to Kenton manufacturing, this elaborately cast still bank feature japanned finishes and great molding effects, offered in June 2011. Est. $1,500 – $2,000

Price Realized ($3,165)

Columbia Still Bank

Columbia Still Bank

A visually appealing, truly striking still bank example, this Kenton piece was offered in November 2009. Est. $2,500 – $3,500

Price Realized ($5,465)

Uncle Sam Safe Bank

Uncle Sam Safe Bank

Extremely rare to find in any condition, this safe still bank with combination dials was offered complete in our June 2011 sale. Est. $4,000 – $6,000