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Terrifying Cursed Objects That Actually Exist 

Jacob Shelton
Updated October 28, 2019 2.2M views 18 items

Cursed objects have long been a favorite subject of people who enjoy the side of life that’s a little more spooky-ooky than your every day walk down the street. Objects that have curses on them usually have a backstory that runs parallel to something awful that happened in history. Eras like the Civil War and the British colonization of India are full of awful things happening, so a lot of real cursed items started popping up right after those events. But that’s not to say all cursed items are from forever ago. Some of the cursed objects on this list can be purchased right now and put in your home today!

It can be hard to tell whether or not you’re dealing with real curses or if you’re an unlucky human being. Some of the items on this list of cursed objects have an origin in death and destruction, which is the perfect breeding ground for a curse. But some of the objects are simply spooky and they give anyone who sees them a feeling of unease. “Unease” may not be the worst symptom of a curse, but it’s no way to spend your day.

This list covers some of the more well-known cursed items, as well as a few that you probably don’t know about. There might even be a few that you might have in your home right now! Whether or not you believe in curses, or the supernatural, take a look at the items on this list of cursed objects and do your best to avoid their malevolent aftermaths.
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Delhi Purple Sapphire
Delhi Purple Sapphire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Terrifying Cursed Objects That Actually Exist
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After stealing this gem from the Temple of Indra in 1857 (when are we going to learn our lesson about robbing temples?), Colonel W. Ferris almost immediately fell into economic disrepair, then a friend of his committed suicide while wearing the gem. Some time later, a friend of Oscar Wilde's had the gem and fell into a "series of misfortunes" that led him to throw away the sapphire tree times.

After each attempt to rid himself of the gem, it would reappear at his home. Spooky.

The Crying Boy Painting
The Crying Boy Painting ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Terrifying Cursed Objects That Actually Exist
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One of the more interesting haunted items, The Crying Boy was a mass-produced painting by Bruno Amadio that was distributed in post war England. All of a sudden, the houses in which the paintings were hung caught on fire. Not at the same time, but you get it. The only thing to survive the flames? The Crying Boy. Firefighters began to believe that the paintings were cursed.

After some research in 2010, it was discovered that the paintings were coated in a fire repellent, which usually saved them and was the reason so many survived the fires.
Anna Baker’s Wedding Dress
Anna Baker’s Wedding Dre... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Terrifying Cursed Objects That Actually Exist
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Anna Baker's cursed wedding dress is just one of the many haunted items in the Baker Mansion, which boasts at least two ghosts and disembodied screams coming from the "ice room." But the most haunted room is supposedly the room where Anna's wedding dress is kept encased in glass.

You see, her dad (Elias) didn't care much for her beau so he kicked the young man to the curb and gave the dress to another lady in town. Big mistake, Dad. Anna never remarried and now the dress supposedly moves of its own volition while inside the glass case.
The Basano Vase
The Basano Vase is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Terrifying Cursed Objects That Actually Exist
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This vase is thought to be one of the most haunted objects in the world, good thing it's allegedly locked in a coffin that's been buried in a mystery spot. The vase was given to a woman in Northern Napoli as a wedding gift, and then she was murdered (maybe) and the vase moved through her family, bringing deaths with it.

In 1988, the vase was found with a note that said, "Beware. This vase brings death.”