Reagan’s blood no longer on the auction block
By JUSTIN DUCKHAM
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – Auctioneer PFC Auctions announced Thursday that they have canceled bidding on a vial containing residue of former President Ronald Reagan’s blood.
The anonymous individual selling the item says that he intends to give the vial to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, despite the fact that bidding had risen to $30,086.
“I would personally be delighted to see this important [artifact] put on public display by the Foundation,” the seller said in a statement provided by PFC Auctions.
Medical personnel collected the blood in 1981 following the failed assassination attempt against the President. The vial was eventually sent to a laboratory for testing and given to a member of its staff not long after. It was auctioned earlier this year in the U.S. before being provided to the auctioneer.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation applauded the seller for agreeing to donate the vial.
“While we contend that the removal of the vial from the hospital laboratory and the US auction sale in February 2012 were not legal acts in our opinion, we are grateful to the current custodian of the vial for this generous donation,” a statement reads.
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