The Ronald Regan Foundation and family are outraged that blood traces found in a vial are supposedly those of the late President of the United States. An auction house in the Channel Islands has online bidding in progress.
The vial in question is supposed to be one taken during the aborted 1981 assassination attempt on Regan when he was treated at George Washington University hospital. A representative from the hospital declined to comment about the vial and questions remain as to where it originated.
The Washington Post reports: “The auction house on the Channels Islands between England and France said on its website that the blood vial did not come from the Washington hospital that treated Reagan but from the Bio Science Laboratory in Columbia, Maryland.”
The 12.5 centimeter glass vial is said to contain the dried blood of the President but family comments and doubt remain, as well as, feelings of invasion of privacy and inappropriate presentation of alleged historical memorabilia.
The seller whose identity is not available at present provided information that the vial came into the possession of his mother who worked at the lab and was advised that she could take it.
USNews reports: “An included letter from the seller says his late mother worked at the lab that tested the blood for the George Washington University Hospital after Reagan was shot.”
The Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation condemned the auction and the executive director John Heubush vowed to stop it. Michael Reagan, son of the President also condemned the auction and remained certain that the contents of the vial were not that of his late father.