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Mysterious vampire box sparks huge interest at auction – and finds a new<br />
home<br />
A mysterious vampire box containing objects reputed to ward off the monsters enshrined in<br />
European folklore attracted huge interest when it went under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers.<br />
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Global media coverage sparked numerous enquiries and advance bids flooded in from across the<br />
world ahead of the auction. The hammer finally fell at £2,500 and the item was purchased by a<br />
private UK buyer.<br />
The lockable, velvet-covered box, lined with crimson silk, contained an oval enamel painting<br />
depicting the resurrection of Christ; carved ivory wolf in robes carrying rosary beads; percussion cap<br />
pocket pistol; cobalt blue glass phial with white metal lid (contents unknown); three clear and aqua<br />
glass bottles; rosary beads; three crucifixes; two sets of pliers; a pocket knife with mother-of-pearl<br />
handle and HM silver blade; a bottle containing shark&#39;s teeth, and a copy of The New Testament,<br />
Cambridge: J. W. Parker, 1842.<br />
Auctioneer Rik Alexander said: “Objects like this will always fascinate the world. We have witnessed<br />
media coverage as far afield as Russia, America and China and we’re delighted the item has found a<br />
new home.<br />
“These types of boxes originated in the 1800s. They were serious kits in that period as superstition<br />
and fear were part of everyday life. All items were made with intent and every metal element had to<br />
be silver. However, this was not one of those kits.