You, my friend, can be the proud owner of Ronald Reagan’s blood. Of course, not to be confused with the Zombie Reagan Onion spoof, an auction house in the U.K. claims to be selling a tiny vial of the late president’s “blood residue” online. It was taken at the hospital where he was treated after the 1981 assassination attempt on his life.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation called it a “craven act” and vowed to “use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase.”
The anonymous seller allegedly received the gift of blood, via his or her late mother, who snatched it from their workplace at lab Bio-Science Laboratories in Maryland. That company handled the blood work for George Washington University Hospital.
This person had reportedly contacted the Ronald Reagan Library and was informed the president’s family would like the vial returned. But in the true spirit of Reaganomics, the seller ultimately decided to put it on the market.
“I was a real fan of Reaganomics and felt that President Reagan himself would rather see me sell it rather than donating it,” the statement from the seller read.
Reagan suffered a punctured lung and internal bleeding after being shot by John Hinckley Jr. outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 93.