A vampire killing kit once owned by a British aristocrat sparked an international bidding war before selling for six times its estimated price, according to Hansons Auctioneers.
The box contains essentials needed to ward off bloodthirsty vampires including crucifixes, holy water, a wooden stake and mallet, rosaries, a Gothic Bible, brass candlesticks, assorted pistols and a brass powder flask.
“The task of killing a vampire was an extremely serious one, and historical accounts suggested the need for special methods and tools,” Hanson said. “Items of religious significance, such as crucifixes and Bibles, were meant to repel these monsters, hence their presence in the kit.”
The strange object attracted bidders from around the world, including France, the United States and Canada. An anonymous bidder from the UK won.
It is unclear whether the buyer will put the kit to good use. But Hansons Auctioneers says: “Belief in vampires, an undead creature said to need human blood to survive, dates back hundreds of years and persists in some parts of the world today.”