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.