The bankruptcy auction of Baltimore-based First Mariner Bank is getting lively.

First Mariner's holding company, First Mariner Bancorp (FMAR), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February as part of a $100 million recapitalization plan. The company planned to sell its bank in a bankruptcy auction to a group of investors including Priam Capital and Patriot Financial Partners. Now the investors, operating as the interim firm RKJS Bank, are in the midst of a bidding war with National Penn Bancshares (NPBC) in Allentown, Pa.

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