The foundation that overseas the legacy of former President Ronald Reagan has expressed outrage after a vial said to contain the former US Presidents blood was placed in an online auction.
The auction which is being performed by UK-based PFC Auctions was allegedly taken from the President during a 1981 assassination attempted on his life.
Apparently there is enough interest in the “product” that bids have already reached £6,270 ($9,910) with more bids expected in the coming days.
In the meantime John Heubusch, executive director of the Reagan foundation said his organization was attempting to stop “this craven act”.
Heubusch tells the BBC:
“If indeed this story is true, it’s a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase.”
The hospital that treated Mr. Reagan says an investigation is already underway and that it isn’t sure how the blood was removed from their care.
The auction has the blood listed as “dried blood residue” and a photo of the vial shows a five-inch glass container.
According to the seller their mother worked at the laboratory which tested Ronald Reagan’s blood after he was shot.
In a letter of provence the seller writers:
“These articles have actually been in my family’s possession since… the day that President Reagan was shot in Washington DC.”
The President had suffered a punctured lung and internal bleeding following the shooting by John Hinckley Jr. Despite the attempt on his life Ronald Reagan lived to be 93 years old, passing away in 2004.