The Pope’s Harley Davidson is set to be auctioned in Paris next month in order to raise money for charity.
The Dyna Supa Glide, which was presented to the Pope by Harley Davidson last June on the company’s 110th anniversary, will be up for auction on Thursday, February 7th at the Bonhams auction house in Paris.
The 1,585cc Harley Davidson Dyna Supa Glide is being auctioned to help raise funds for Caritas Roma who plan on renovating the Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen at Rome’s Temini railway station which feeds an estimated 1,000 poor, homeless and unemployed people every day.
Along with the motorcycle, which has “Francesco” signed onto its tank, there will also be an auction for a Harley Davidson 110th anniversary leather jacket, also presented to and signed by Pope Francis.
“We are incredibly honoured to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma,” said Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams. “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.”
While there’s no evidence that the Pope ever rode the motorcycle, it’s expected to fetch a pretty penny. Pre-auction estimates put the motorcycle at $16,000 (£9,700) to $21,000 (£12,700) based on the original price of the bike which was $15,999 (£9,100), and the jacket at $1,400 (£850) to $2,100 (£1,200).