The 'vampire extermination kit' owned by a nobleman in the 19th century was put up for auction and sold for over 2 million yen, which is more than 6 times the expected amount.


Vampires ' are world-famous monsters that appear in various folk tales and legends, and many believed that vampires actually existed. A new ' vampire extermination kit ' owned by a British aristocrat was put up for auction, and it has become a hot topic that it was sold for £ 13,000 (about 2.13 million yen), which is more than six times higher than expected. ..

Mysterious vampire-slaying kit --owned by peer of the realm --stuns at auction --Hansons Auctioneers

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Vampires are said to live forever by sucking the living blood of humans, and are said to have the characteristics of 'dislike sunlight and act at night', 'not good at garlic and crosses', and 'die when a stake is driven into the heart'. I am. The folklore of vampires in Europe dates back hundreds of years and is widely used as the subject of novels such as John Polidori 's ' Vampire ' in 1819 and Bram Stoker 's ' Dracula ' in 1897. increase.

On June 30, 2022, a late 19th century 'vampire extermination kit' made to ward off such vampires was put up for auction in the United Kingdom. The kit is engraved with the initials of Baron William Malcolm Hailey (1872-1969), and it is known that Baron Hailey once owned the kit.

This is a picture of the vampire extermination kit released by the auction company Hansons. You can see that the kit is contained in a sturdy wooden box with a handle on the top, and brass crosses are embedded on the left and right of the handle.

When you open the lid of the wooden box, it looks like this. The cross on the lid also serves as a sliding locking mechanism, including a small cross, two pistols, a brass flask, holy water, the Bible, a stake that drives into the vampire's heart, and a wooden sconces. Includes a brass candlestick, documents issued by the

London Police Department in 1915, and documents with the name and address of Baron Haley. Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons, said, 'The job of killing vampires was hard and historically required special methods and tools. Those with religious implications such as the cross and the Bible It is said to be effective in getting rid of vampires, and these tools have come to be used for that purpose. '

Baron Haley was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, and served as Governor of Punjab, India, which was then British territory from 1924 to 1928. 'Baron Haley was fascinated by this vampire-killing kit in his illustrious career. I know how he feels. These objects are mysterious and interesting,' said Hanson.

Even when Baron Haley was alive, some people believed in vampires, and at the end of the 19th century there was a vampire ruckus in Rhode Island, USA , saying 'a dead woman drinks her brother's blood and is debilitating.' An incident occurred in which the heart of a woman who had already been buried was burned and the ash was mixed with her brother's medicine and drunk. In addition, it is unknown whether Baron Haley actually bought this kit for fear of the existence of vampires, or just because of curiosity.

Initially, the auctioneer expected the vampire extermination kit to sell for around £ 2000-3000, but even before the bid, potential buyers and media around the world said. As a result of attention, it was sold for £ 13,000, which is more than six times the expected price. The winning bidder was a person who wanted to remain anonymous in Derbyshire, England, and commented, 'I was shocked and pleased with this result.' 'I liked the novelty and historical value of the vampire extermination kit.' ..

Hanson believes that the reason why the winning bid was higher than expected was due to the belongings of Baron Haley, an aristocrat. 'It's interesting that a man at the House of Lords, the pinnacle of aristocratic society, got this item, whether it's horror or fascination. Vampire myths affect people of all levels. It reminds me of what I was giving, 'Hanson said.

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