Pope’s Harley goes under the hammer
One of two motorcycles gifted to His Holiness Pope Francis by Harley Davidson was auctioned on 6 February in Paris, with proceeds going to charity. The ‘bike was presented to the Pope in June 2013 as part of the American manufacturer’s 110th anniversary celebrations. The machine’s tank was signed by Pope Francis and came with a Papal Certificate as well as a Harley-Davidson Certificate of Conformity. Auctioneers Bonhams are selling a custom motorcycle jacket presented at the same time.
Estimate for the auction was set at a seemingly low €12,000–15,000 (NZ$20,000–25,000). It finally sold for NZ$406,637, with the funds going to a charity called Caritas Roma to help with the renovation of a hostel and soup kitchen at Rome’s Termini railway station.