22/05/2012 05:41 BST | Updated 22/05/2012 06:15 BST

Ronald Reagan's Blood Auction Outrages Former President's Foundation

The auctioning of a vial of blood apparently drawn from the former president Ronald Reagan after his infamous assassination attempt in 1981 has provoked outrage from his charitable foundation.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation have condemned the sale of a vial of his blood on offer at the Guernsey-based PFC Auctions website.

The foundation's executive director, John Heubusch, said it would use "every legal means to stop its sale or purchase," calling the auctioning of the unique piece of memorabilia "a craven act."

Reagan's blood was taken at the George Washington University Hospital on 30 March 1981 after he was shot outside the Washington Hilton by John Hinckley Jr, who has spent the following 31 years in mental institutions.

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The vial of blood is accompanied by official documentation from the lav where the blood was processed

Heubusch added that the foundation had contacted the hospital and an investigation was under way into how the blood could have ended up in the hands of the anonymous seller, who claims it was passed down to them by his mother.

The seller added that they had previously tried to hand off the blood to the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum but they took no interest.

At the time of publishing, PFC Auctions' website showed the price of the vial was up to £6,270, with bidding ending at 7pm BST on Thursday 24 May.