A top Bank of Boston Corp. official said this week that he's still eager to sell the company's subprime auto finance unit, but investment bankers said his options may be limited after the ill-fated deal to sell the unit to Mercury Finance Co.

Bank of Boston agreed Jan. 12 to sell its Fidelity Acceptance unit to Mercury in exchange for a 16% stake in the company and two seats on its board. The deal blew up, however, after Mercury's stock price collapsed Jan. 30 when accounting irregularities came to light.

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