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Antique vampire slaying kit up for auction

Antique vampire slaying kit up for auction

A vampire-killing kit once owned by a British aristocrat sparked an international bidding war before selling for six times its estimated price.

The set dates from the 19th century and was sold on Thursday for £13,000 ($15,736.49. It belonged to Lord William Malcolm Hailey (1872-1969), a British aristocrat and former administrator of British India.

Antique vampire slaying kit up for auction

The box contains essential items needed to ward off vampires - including a cross, holy water, a wooden hammer, a Gothic Bible, brass candlesticks and matching pistols.

"The task of killing a vampire was extremely serious and the stories suggested the need for special methods and tools," said a representative of the auction house. "Things of religious significance, such as the cross and Bibles, were said to repel these monsters."