Friday, November 14, 2008

1809 Vampire Hunting Kit

Last week an estate auction in Texas saw an "1809 Vampire Hunting Kit" sell for close to $15,000 dollars. I mention it here because the kit and it's contents are an incredible example of propmaking from the past. The vast majority of these items put up for sale were created in the last two decades, but there is some evidence that travellers to Eastern Europe were buying "real" kits designed for the tourist trade shortly after the publication of Bram Stoker's "Dracula". You can see more pictures of the craftsmanship involved in this one over here, but I've mirrored the pictures in case the link goes down.


Doc said...

Man, that's cool.

So how much would a newly made one of these go for?

Propnomicon said...

I've seen some wild variations in cost based on the quality of the materials used. A halfway decent vampire kit with competent distressing is usually in the $50-$150 range on Ebay, while the sky is the limit for a quality case with period tools.