NU Online News Service, June 25, 2004, 12:35 p.m. EDT

An anonymous owner is selling an old, book-shaped New York Life Insurance Company bank calendar on the eBay Inc. auction site.[@@]

The “book” has a leather cover and brass pages.

The title is “Time Flies: Prepare For To-Morrow,” and an advertising label promotes a New York Life branch in Newark, N.J. A mechanism displays the month and date on the cover. The bank encourages regular saving by requiring the user to insert a coin each day to advance the date.

At press time, 5 potential buyers had submitted bids for the bank, and the current bid was $31. The auction will end shortly after 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time July 1.

More information about the bank auction is on the Web at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=13549&item=6104354081&rd=1

Another seller, Sir Richard’s, Waterbury Center, Vt., is using eBay to auction off a framed 1906 calendar that promotes Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. Connecticut General now is part of CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia.

At press time, no one had submitted a bid for the calendar. Sir Richard’s, an antique shop, has set a minimum price of $135.

More information about the calendar auction is on the Web at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=13549&item=3684568281&rd=1