The Pope’s Harley Davidson, which was up for auction last month, sold for an astounding €210,000 last week.
The Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide was donated by the Pope for an auction to help raise money for the Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen in Rome’s Termini railway station.
Early estimates had suggested that the Harley would sell for between €12,000 and €15,000 but it had already surpassed that value before the first bid came in when the auction was started at €20,000.
It wasn’t long before bidders had raised the price to over €100,000 and finally the motorcycle was sold for €210,000, or £174,900.
As well as the motorcycle, the Pope also donated a leather Harley Davidson jacket with ‘Francis’ stitched onto it. Again, the auction exceeded expectations and rather than the estimated €1000 to €1,500 the jacket had been expected to go for, the final bid was €50,000.
The auction successfully raised a combined total of €260,000 for the hostel and soup kitchen.