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Ronald Reagan blood vial auction dries up

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A vial containing Ronald Reagan's dried blood residue. A Channel Islands online auction house has angered Ronald Reagan's foundation by claiming to offer a vial that once contained his blood. The auctioneers say it was used by the laboratory that tested Reagan's blood when he was hospitalized after a 1981 assassination attempt in Washington.

An auction listing for a vial purportedly containing the blood residue of Ronald Reagan had the late president's foundation seeing red.

The British auction house embroiled in the bloody mess halted the would-be sale, and the item's owner has agreed to donate the DNA in question to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation after they threatened legal action, says the L.A. Times.

"While we contend that the removal of the vial from the hospital laboratory and the U.S. auction sale in February 2012 were not legal acts in our opinion, we are grateful to the current custodian of the vial for this generous donation to the foundation ensuring President Reagan’s blood remains out of public hands," said John Huebusch, the foundation’s executive director.

According to the PFC Auctions house, the vial once contained a blood sample taken at  George Washington University Hospital when President Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. in 1981. 

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Les Paul personal guitars, grand piano, recording gear will go to the highest bidder

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An auction of rock and roll itself is about to take place in Los Angeles -- Les Paul's personal collection of instruments and gear will go to the highest bidder, with the money benefiting the Les Paul Foundation for historic preservation, music education and medical research.

The grand piano from Paul's home recording studio, a selection of his rare guitars, pedals, consoles and other equipment from the rock pioneer's collection will be sold at auction during three days in June, including what would have been Paul's 97th birthday, says Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Recognized and revered as an architect of rock and roll, Paul is honored at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. His contributions to evolution of rock can not be overstated in his 1952-released solid-body electric Gibson Les Paul guitar, the technology behind (and experimentation with) multi-track recording, and his inspired playing style and techniques.

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