Vampire-Slaying Kit Containing Pistol And Holy Water Up For Auction
A velvet box containing items described as a “vampire-slaying kit” is going up for auction in the United Kingdom.
The kit, being auctioned off by the Derbyshire-based Hansons Auctioneers, features a pocket-sized pistol, a knife with a mother-of-pearl handle, pliers, a rosary, holy water, a bottle of shark teeth, and a copy of the New Testament dating back to 1842.
Not much is known about the origin of the mysterious box as the owner selling the box told the Press Association that he doesn’t know much about where the box came from. He bought it three years ago from an antique fair in Newark-on-Trent.
“I know very little of its history,” the man, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Press Association.
“I loved the look of the Gothic box and, when I opened it, I just had to have it. I thought it was so interesting – a great conversation piece.”
Vampire, in popular legend, is a creature with fangs that preys upon humans, generally by consuming their blood. Vampires have been featured in folklore and fiction of various cultures for hundreds of years, predominantly in Europe.
Although the belief in vampires has waned in modern times they have been the subject of popular films such as Dracula, Twilight series, Underworld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Vampire Diaries amongst others.
Hanson’s Auctioneers owner Charles Hanson told PA that people have been fascinated with the idea of vampires for centuries.
“Items of religious significance, such as crucifixes and Bibles, were said to repel these monsters, hence their strong presence in the kit we have found,” the owner said.
The vampire-slaying kit has been given an estimate of £2,000-£3,000 ($2,500-$3,700) by valuers. It will be auctioned off online on July 16.