A 19th Century Vampire Killing Kit was auctioned for $15,517.
The kit, which sold on June 30 at an auction held by Hansons Auctioneers in the UK, was originally valued at $2,387-$3,581.
Included in the set, according to a Hanson press release, were crucifixes, a pair of matching pistols, a brass powder flask, holy water, a Gothic Bible, a mallet, a peg, brass candlesticks, rosaries and period police documents.
The items were locked in a box with two brass crucifixes on the lid, which are part of the box’s locking mechanism, the press release said.
The kit originally belonged to a man named Lord William Malcolm Hailey, a former administrator of British India, according to Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers.
“Whether out of fear or fascination, it is interesting to know that a member of the highest aristocratic society, a man with a seat in the House of Lords, acquired this item,” Hanson said in the press release. “It reminds us that the vampire myth affects people from all walks of life.”
The items in the kit are stamped with Lord Hailey’s initials, the press release said.
“The belief in vampires, an undead creature that is said to require human blood to survive, dates back hundreds of years and persists in some parts of the world today,” Hanson said. “They are anchored in European folklore.”
“The task of killing a vampire was extremely serious, and historical accounts indicated the need for specific methods and tools,” Hanson added. “Items of religious significance, such as crucifixes and bibles, are designed to ward off these monsters, hence their presence in the kit.”
Hanson said the vampire-killing kit had sparked interest around the world ahead of its June 30 auction
“Bids came in from all over the world, including France, America and Canada – and news of the find went viral,” Hanson said. “It made headlines as far away as Australia and America. Objects like this fascinate collectors and people in general – and this vampire kit had a particularly interesting provenance.”
In the end, the vampire killing kit went to an unnamed private buyer from the UK, according to the press release.
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