Cary Thompson has proved to be more than an auctioneer at Aames Financial Corp.

Many thought the former Natwest Markets managing director, who came on board as chief operating officer in March 1996 and became chief executive six months ago, was brought in help sell the company. Indeed, Aames announced in August that it was shopping itself around. Since then, several suitors have reportedly paid a visit but passed on making an offer.

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