Reagan’s blood pulled from auction

President Ronald Reagan is photographed with Southern GOP Chairman Bill Harris (left), Newt Gingrich, and Mack Mattingly in this Jan. 26, 1984 photo. (AJC)

President Ronald Reagan is photographed with Southern GOP Chairman Bill Harris (left), Newt Gingrich, and Mack Mattingly in this Jan. 26, 1984 photo. (AJC)

UPDATE: As predicted, a vial said to contain the dried blood of former President Ronald Reagan will not be auctioned, CNN reports.

The auction was halted Thursday, with the anonymous owner of the vial saying he’d be happy to donate it to the Reagan library. Bids had surpassed $30,000.


Officials with the Ronald Reagan library have vowed to “use every legal means to stop” the sale of blood taken by a hospital where the president was treated after a 1981 assassination attempt.

Sky News reports the online auction has already attracted bids of more than $10,000.

The seller, not identified, claims he got the blood from his mother, who worked as a nurse contracted by Walter Reed Army Medical Center when Reagan was admitted there after the March 30, 1981, assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr.

The former U.S. solider, who served during Reagan’s term, said he initially offered to sell the vial to the Reagan library, but library officials said they would only accept it as a donation.

Instead of making a donation, he decided to auction the vial because he’s “a real fan of Reaganomics and felt that President Reagan himself would rather see me sell it rather than donating it.”

In the auction listing, the seller alleges he asked a federal agent if “black cars/suv’s or helicopters [will be] hovering above my home” if the blood was sold, but the agent assured him “everything was OK” with the sale.

The auction is set to run until May 24.

I’ll guess the auction is halted before then.

13 comments Add your comment


May 22nd, 2012
12:49 pm

Really his blood ? Do any one think theres something wrong about this. This gives a new meaning to blood money. This poor man can even rest in peace .This is sick


May 22nd, 2012
12:53 pm

There is so much wrong with that. Is the “mother” still living? She should be criminally prosecuted if in fact she stole medical specimens. Granted, HIPAA was not in place then, but it is still a violation of medical privacy. It is also very disrespectful of his family.


May 22nd, 2012
12:54 pm

I’m all for capitalism but jeez! This is distasteful, immoral and generally repugnant. And, in fact, may be illegal. There’s no way he or his mother came to possess that blood legally. It is stolen property.


May 22nd, 2012
1:02 pm

I heard Romney wants to buy it. He also wants Reagan’s heart as he needs one of those too.


May 22nd, 2012
1:07 pm

Buy it, and inject into Obama’s jugular.

HIPAA Historian

May 22nd, 2012
1:40 pm

Hate to break it to ya, but the vial of blood was probably considered medical waste. As discarded medical waste, there is no legal obligation to obtain patient consent.

Y’all need to read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” It outta freak you out! (And make you pay closer attention to every medical consent form you every slap your signature on!)

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May 22nd, 2012
1:42 pm

Implying Reagan had a heart? What is this fiction?


May 22nd, 2012
1:47 pm


May 22nd, 2012
2:07 pm

Whats the big deal???? If there is a market for it allow it to be sold…. Don’t want it to end up being passed around, buy it and destroy it…..Or better yet, use it to clone a new Regan and hope like hell the righties will leave the original one alone!!!!


May 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

Can they clone him from the blood sample and run the clone for President in 35 years?


May 22nd, 2012
4:28 pm

Reagan was taken to George Washington Hospital not Walter Reed when he was shot.


May 22nd, 2012
6:06 pm

While I was never a fan of the Reagans, I find this terribly insensitive and cruel for Mrs Reagan. Just one more jerk out to make a buck.


May 23rd, 2012
10:30 am

Me, Grimlock, say even Clone of Reagan be better President than 0bama JiveTalker.