Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LONDON -- A Channel Islands auction house says it's selling a vial that allegedly contains blood residue from Ronald Reagan -- a move denounced Tuesday by the late U.S. president's family and his foundation.
The vial being auctioned online was used by the laboratory that tested Reagan's blood when he was hospitalized after a 1981 assassination attempt in Washington, the PFCAuctions house said.
Reagan's son Michael condemned the auction but said he was confident it was not his father's blood.
"Whatever's in the vial -- could be mouse blood -- it's certainly not Reagan blood," Reagan said in a telephone call from Los Angeles. "And what an outrageous thing to do to (Reagan's widow) Nancy and the family. I hope the world calls on this organization to cease and desist because it's so bogus."
"Even if it were true, how dare they, how dare they do such a thing?"
John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in California, condemned the auction and vowed to try to halt it. Bidding for the vial had passed the 7,000-pound ($11,000) mark Tuesday, the house said, and the auction ends Thursday.
"If indeed this story is true, it's a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase," Heubusch said in a statement. "We've spoken to GW (George Washington) Hospital and are assured an investigation as to how something like this could possibly happen is underway.
"Any individual, including a president of the United States, should feel confident that once they enter into the care of a medical system their privacy and rights are held inviolable," he said.