The historic Steinway Mansion in Queens, NY was once owned by the world famous Steanway Family, makers of the lovely Steinway pianos. When the most recent resident, Michael Halberian passed away in December, he’d lived there for 82 years. His children hired a firm to clear out the old house and prepare it and it’s contents for auction.
What they discovered chilled them to the bone. The auctioneer in charge was Michael Capo. He told the New York Post, “It is eerie. We were clearing out the far reaches of the attic when we came across what looks like a late-19th-century wooden box or trunk. We broke the lock and inside we found five voodoo masks and a doll surrounded by rusty nails in a little coffin. I don’t know if the masks are made out of wax, pigskin or even real skin. This thing has some energy, and I am not sure that it’s good energy.
“”Everyone went silent. We are professionals, but nobody wants to go near this thing. It is scary. Clearly, somebody used this in some sort of ceremony, because there’s a mirror inside the lid so the image could be reflected to others in the room.
“The Halberians do not think one of their relatives would have owned this. I think it had been there since the late 19th century. It was hidden away in an area where the owner wouldn’t necessarily go, so perhaps a member of the domestic staff kept it there.”
The items taken from the mansion will go up for auction on March 26, but it is unclear as to whether or not people will be able to bid on the macabre masks and doll.
Capo says, “I don’t know if we are going to sell the voodoo masks yet. I think we’ll hold on to [them] and get some research done. There’s a dark story here.”
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