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Pope’s Harley sells for $284000

A Harley-Davidson motorbike that briefly belonged to Pope Francis was sold to a mystery European buyer for 210,000 euros.

Feb 07, 2014 | By AFPRelaxnews

A Harley-Davidson motorbike that briefly belonged to Pope Francis was sold to a mystery European buyer for 210,000 euros ($285,800) at a high-profile auction in Paris on Thursday.

Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide

“It’s a record for a post-vintage motorbike, from the 21st century,” said Bonhams France, the auction house. Including fees, the unidentified buyer paid a total of 241,500 euros to obtain the bike.

The US motorbike maker gave the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide to the pope in June to mark the brand’s 110th anniversary, and while the pope never rode it, he signed it before donating it to Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma.

The funds from the sale will go towards the restoration of the charity’s hostel and soup kitchen at Rome’s Termini railway station.

A jacket that was also given to the pope by Harley-Davidson was snapped up for 57,500 euros, including fees.


 
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