World’s Fair mechanical bank sets new world record at $45,325

Everyone waited with anticipation for the final lot of RSL’s auction featuring the John Jirkofsky mechanical bank collection. That’s because serious bidders knew the rarity behind the pristine, multicolored J. & E. Stevens mechanical bank commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Only about five of the color variation offered at the sale were known to exist. Estimated at $14,000-$18,000, the bank depicting Christopher Columbus sitting on a rock, with the Santa Maria at one side and an Indian chasing a buffalo on the other side, "discovered" its true market value at a record $45,325.
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