WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – The James A. Rocheleau collection of superior-quality still and mechanical banks will headline RSL Auction’s Saturday/Sunday March 18-19 auction at the company’s New Jersey gallery. The entire opening session will be devoted exclusively to the 350-lot Rocheleau collection, which is known and admired throughout the bank-collecting community for its stellar condition. Day two will feature 500 lots of carefully curated multiple consignments of European and American toys and banks.
The late Jim Rocheleau owned and operated Rally Building, a Detroit-based company he founded in the 1970s. “Until the time of his passing last April, Jim was a very active bank collector and, for many years, a good personal friend of mine. It was obvious that he took pride in each new acquisition,” said RSL partner Ray Haradin. “Jim was first and foremost a condition buyer. Two of his mentors were Greg Zemenick and Donal Markey, who famously insisted on pristine condition and nothing less. Many of Jim’s banks came to him through Greg and Donal, so that, in itself, speaks to the level of condition in his collection. Especially in the still-bank realm, there can be no question that Jim owned some of the finest known examples.”