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President Reagan for Sale

Updated on May 24, 2012
Seconds after the shot
Seconds after the shot
The auction items
The auction items
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seconds before the shot

Well, at least his dried blood is. The blood once belonged to a relative of a Maryland-based laboratory technician who actually analyzed the contents more than three decades ago and decided to keep it after the 1981 assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr. According to the seller, after the testing was completed, the test tube sat on his mother’s (a nurse) desk. At the end of the week, she asked the director of her laboratory if she could keep the paper work and the test tube. The director of the lab told her "no problem" and she never gave it a second thought. It has been in my family ever since.

The owner did offer the vial with Ronald Reagan's name on it to the Reagan Museum but nothing more was heard. So, he gave it to a European auction house for bidding.

Meanwhile, the Reagan family and others are screaming how in bad taste this is and such and demand the auction be ended. Why didn't they want it when the seller offered it to them free? If nothing more than to prevent what is happening. Go figure. The sample of President Reagan's blood was taken to be analyzed for lead.

PFC Auctions, based in the UK, is also selling a slice of wedding cake from Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage, that ought to be tasty! A bit dry?

The auction went from $6000 to $14,000 in a few days and continued to a max of $30,700 when the auction stopped. The seller and the Reagan estate reached an agreement not to sell it and instead donate it to the Reagan family. Talk about full circle. This is what the seller originally tried to do! It is likely the estate will destroy the vial.

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