You can now get the blood of the late President Ronald Reagan in your hands. It all depends on how much you’re willing to pay. The current bid on PFC Auctions is set at 6,270 pounds, which is almost $1,000. Here’s what you can get if you’re willing to pony up the dough.
Based on the tube’s label, the five-inch vial was filled on March 30, 1981, the day of John Hinckley Jr.’s infamous assassination attempt. The president was rushed to the George Washington University Hospital, where they took his blood. Fun fact: the label incorrectly states Reagan’s birth date. He was born on February 6, while the label says February 2.
The label is full of information that confirms where the vial came from. Reagan’s patient ID number and location within the presidential suite are noted. The name “AARON” represents Dr. Benjamin L. Aaron, who was Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at George Washington. The label also includes the letters “THOR,” to signal thoracic.
The seller came about the vial through his mother. She was an employee at George Washington during the time and asked if she could keep the blood sample after the president was released. The vial was the only item the seller asked for from his mother, and when she died late last year, she left it to him.
The seller also had an interesting interaction with the Reagan National Library. Upon contacting the head of the group, a federal agent, the seller was asked a couple of times to donate his findings. The seller refused to donate the artifact, instead claiming Reagan himself would’ve preferred it be sold to honor Reaganomics. Hey, whatever helps you sleep at night, buddy.