A few weeks ago, Pope Francis donated a 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide to a Roman Catholic charity, which he had received in honor of Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary last year. The Super Glide, which sports a tank signed by the Pope himself, was sold at the Grand Palais in Paris as part of the Bonhams auction house’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale on Thursday, February 6.
Before the auction, the bike was estimated to bring in about €15,000 ($20,469). However, the Harley’s final bidding price fetched far more than was expected: €241,008 ($327,000) including taxes and fees! That’s almost 20 times the original! Meanwhile, another Harley item, a leather Harley jacket, was sold at a separate lot, which went as high as $74,300. The bidder, however, has kept himself/herself anonymous.
From Fox News: “It’s unknown whether the pontiff ever rode the custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide that was a gift from Willie Davidson, a retired Harley-Davidson designer and grandson of the company’s co-founder.”