Pope Francis’ Signed Dyna Super Glide Fetches $327,000

Harley Davidson_Pope_APA 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.”

Pope Francis Signs & Donates Super Glide

Holy HarleyLast year in June, Pope Francis was given a 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide in honor of Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary. Rather than keeping it, the Pope signed the tank and then donated the motorcycle to the Roman Catholic charity, Caritas Roma. The bike, which will be put up for auction  by the Bonhams auction house on February 6, is estimated to bring in up to €15,000 ($20,469). The auction will take place at the Grand Palais in Paris as part of the Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale.

Caritas Roma plans on using the donation money to renovate its Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen.

From the original article on Independent.co.uk: “Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams, said: ‘We are incredibly honoured to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma. 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.'”

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