A vampire slaying kit from the 19th century has sold at auction for $15,517 (£13,000).
The kit – which was sold on June 30 in an auction facilitated by U.K.-based Hansons Auctioneers – was originally estimated to be worth between $2,387-$3,581 (£2,000-£3,000).
Inside the kit were crucifixes, a pair of matching pistols, a brass powder flask, holy water, a Gothic Bible, a wooden mallet, a stake, brass candlesticks, rosary beads and police paperwork from the time, according to a press release from Hansons.
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The items were enclosed 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, the owner of Hansons Auctioneers.
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"Whether through fear or fascination, it’s interesting to know a member of the highest aristocratic social order, a man with a place 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."
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