Purloined Reagan Blood Goes to Auction

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Just in time for Father's Day, there's a company out there claiming to sell a vial of Ronald Reagan's blood. And for $9,888.00 it could be your father's.

According to Reuters' Alex Dobuzinskis, PFC, an English auction company that along with selling Reagan's blood sells Justin Bieber's hair clippings and a pair of Princess Diana's trousers, is giving buyers two more days to purchase the Gipper's blood. 

"The 5” glass vial with a half inch diameter has a green rubber stopper," reads the very unappealing listing on PFC's website. "Dried blood residue from President Reagan (1911-2004) can be seen clearly in the vial with a quarter-inch ring of blood residue at the end of the inserted rubber stopper." Reuters notes that the vial is actually from George Washington University Hospital where Reagan was treated after his assassination attempt in 1981. "It is said to have come from a person whose late mother had worked at a medical lab," Reuters' Dobuzinskis notes. 

Obviously we're interested in the collector currently bidding £6,270.00 (almost $10,000 US) would do with this vial of dried blood residue. Frame it? Turn it into an elegant pendant? Clone the perfect Republican? Whatever the collector's desire, he or she will have to deal with the hefty legal battle from the Ronald Reagan foundation. "If indeed this story is true, it's a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase," John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, said in a statement picked up by Reuters. Sounds like a bloody mess in the making.

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