Reagan Blood For Sale
Published: May 25, 2012
Reagan Blood For Sale, AN AUCTION house has cancelled the planned sale of a vial containing dried blood residue said to be from Ronald Reagan. The European auction house said the online sale had been nixed after complaints from the late US president’s family and foundation.
The PFC Auction house said in a statement that the seller had withdrawn the item, which was linked to the 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan, and plans instead to donate it to the former president’s foundation.
The statement said the seller, who has remained anonymous, had obtained the vial at a US auction earlier this year.
The decision not to sell the controversial item was praised by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in California, which had earlier announced plans to try to stop the sale through legal means.
“We are very pleased with this outcome and wish to thank the consignor and PFC Auctions for their assistance in this matter,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the foundation. He added that he was pleased the late president’s blood will be kept “out of public hands”.
The item being donated is a 12.5cm glass vial that is about 1cm in diameter and has a green rubber stopper. The auction house said it clearly contains traces of dried blood.
It is said to have been taken from a laboratory that tested Reagan’s blood for lead in the days after he was seriously wounded by a would-be assassin.
“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 to the Foundation,” Mr Heubusch said.
Reagan’s family, his foundation and his surgeon had earlier this week criticised the proposed sale. They said it was a violation of the family’s privacy for medical items linked to his treatment to be sold on the open market. (NEWS.com.au)
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