CREATED Feb. 6, 2014
A Harley-Davidson motorcycle that briefly belonged to Pope Francis was sold to a mystery buyer in Europe for 210,000 euros ($285,800) at a high-profile auction in Paris on Thursday, Feb. 6. Proceeds from the bike, and a Harley-Davidson jacket that separately sold to an overseas buyer for €57,500 ($78,000), will go to charity. The Pope autographed both items before the sale.
Bidding for the motorcycle lasted just six minutes, reports The Guardian
. The bike had been a gift to the Argentinian pontiff from the manufacturer last June.
Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at auction house Bonhams, said Thursday’s sales were likely “a world record for a 21st-century Harley-Davidson and certainly for a Harley-Davidson leather jacket.”
"In my whole career I've never had more interest in one motorcycle than this one and it's gone viral. I've had inquiries from across the globe," he told the BBC before the auction.
The 1,585 cc Dyna Super Glide had been valued at between $17,000 and $20,000 before the sale.
As previously reported here
last month, the money raised will go towards the renovation of a hostel and soup kitchen in Rome’s Termini railway station run by the Catholic charity Caritas.