11/15/2012 06:56 am ET

'Deals From The Darkside': Cat O' Nine Tails May Have Been Used As A Torture Device (VIDEO)

Steve Santini has a fascination with artifacts that have a dark past, so his excitement grew the more he learned about his latest purchase on "Deals from the Darkside." He'd picked up a cat o' nine tails from a dominatrix that dated back to the 19th century. Santini paid $1,300 for the item, but when he had it examined even further, he found it may have had an even darker history than kinky stuff in the bedroom.

A forensic expert found traces of human blood on the whip, leading Santini to deduce that it may have been a torture device. An expert further theorized that the whip may have actually been one of the tools used on a prison ship, saying that the cat o' nine tails "should be in the range of possibly $10,000."

The expert theorized that the whip might have been used as an educational device on the ship to show people the horrors of the British penal system.

See what other dark secrets Santini uncovers on "Deals from the Darkside," Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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