Pope’s Harley goes under the hammer

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle owned by Pope Francis will be auctioned for charity in February.
 
  • Pope Francis with his Harley-Davidson motorbike
    Becky Barnes
    Last updated: 13 January 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Bikers could get their hands on their very own ‘Holy-Davidson’ after the pope donated his motorbike to a charity auction.

    The  1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, autographed by Pope Francis, will be sold as part of Bonhams auctioneers’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale at the Grand Palais in Paris on February 6.

    His Holiness, who has become famous for his work with the poor and his preference for modest modes of transport since his election in March 2013, was presented with the iconic motorcycle in June 2013 to mark Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary.

    But either the Popemobile was enough for the generous Roman Catholic leader, or he didn’t fancy wearing a biker jacket as he gave the machine to the charity Caritas Romas.

    “We are incredibly honoured to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma,” said Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams auction house.

    “We hope to be able to do both Pope Francis and Harley-Davidson proud by raising a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause.”

    Pope Francis signed the tank at a special ceremony at the Vatican in November and the bike will come with a certificate of conformity from Harley-Davidson.

    It has an estimate of €12,000-15,000 (£9,000-£12,500) but will be sold with no reserve.

    Funds raised by the sale will go towards the renovation of the charity’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome’s Termini railway station.

    Photo credit: ©L’Osservatore Romano

    Becky Barnes
    Last updated: 13 March 2014, 17:11 GMT

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