Whitby breaks the largest vampire gathering world record
A mysterious vampire-slaying kit that sparked an international bidding battle has sold for a staggering £16,900 at auction.
The creepy find went under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on 30 June with an estimated value of £2,000-£3,000. The bids soon reached six times more at £13,000. A private UK buyer finally purchased it for just under £17,000.
The set, which belonged to a 19th-century lord, included a matching pair of pistols, brass powder flask, holy water, Gothic Bible, wooden mallet, stake, brass candlesticks, rosary beads and Metropolitan police paperwork from the period.
The original owner, Lord Hailey (1872-1969), was a British peer and former administrator of British India. He was said to be "recognised for his intellect", having been educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He then went on to become the Governor of the Punjab from 1924 to 1928 and Governor of the United Provinces from 1928 to 1934.
The lockable box, marked with his initials and containing his full name and address, features two brass crucifixes on the lid, which act as a sliding secret locking device.