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LONDON: The “craven” auction of a vial of Ronald Reagan’s blood by a British auction house has sparked outrage in the US, with the former US president’s foundation threatening legal action.
Bidding on the glass vial, whose contents were taken at the hospital where Reagan was treated after an attempt on his life in 1981, reached £7 587 (R99 000) on Tuesday evening.
It’s just one of many unusual items listed on the Guernsey-based PFC Auctions website.
Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr in Washington just 69 days into his first term. He suffered a punctured lung.
The seller said they contacted the Reagan National Library “three to four months ago”, when the organisation expressed an interest in receiving the vial as a donation. But the offer was declined: “I was a real fan of Reaganomics and felt that president Reagan himself would rather see me sell it rather than donating it.”
Other lots for auction include the charred remains of three strands of Michael Jackson’s hair, a stale slice of cake from last year’s royal wedding, 11 baby and adult teeth belonging to Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson, and strands of hair taken from Che Guevara’s corpse by a CIA operative.
– The Independent