Auction of Vial of Reagan's Blood Halted

Auction house says seller will donate item to late president's foundation

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    An auction house in the Channel Islands has canceled the auction of a vial containing dried blood residue said to be from former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
     
    The PFC Auction house said the seller will donate the item to the late president's foundation for display instead of auctioning it off.

    The seller claimed the blood was taken from Reagan following the assassination attempt against him in 1981 in Washington.

    The vial was pictured on the website with a label of the president’s name. An included letter from the seller said his late mother worked at the lab that tested the blood for the George Washington University Hospital after Reagan was shot.
     
    Reagan's family, his foundation and his surgeon had criticized the proposed sale as an invasion of his privacy.
     
    The foundation on Thursday expressed appreciation for the decision.
     
    Online bidding on the item had reached about $30,000 when the sale was suspended. It had been set to conclude Thursday evening.