If you’ve always wanted to be a member of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Scooby Gang, you just missed the chance to pick up some supplies of your own. British auction house Hansons sold a real-life vampire slaying kit. A wide variety of items believed to ward off or kill vampires are included in the box, said to be from the late 19th century. This includes a matching pair of pistols, a wooden stake and mallet, and a mirror. There are also holy items like a Bible, rosary, and multiple crucifixes. The two crucifixes on the top of the box even slide to act as a locking device. Truly an all-in-one kit perfect for the slayer in your life.
“It originally belonged to Lord Hailey, a British peer and former administrator of British India,” says Charles Hanson, the owner of the auction house. “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. It reminds us that the vampire myth affects people from all walks of life. I think the aristocratic connection made this object even more desirable and, perhaps, helped it on its way to a particularly strong result.”
Throughout history, people accused real-life killers of being vampires, only fueling the mythology and fascination further. The auction house’s estimate for the set was $2,400-3,600. But it eventually sold for over $15,000 after a lot of interest and bidders from around the world.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.