Pope Francis' signature is seen on the tank of his Harley
Davidson Dyna Super Glide before its sale at auction in
Paris. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
A Harley-Davidson motorbike has sold at auction for
almost 20 times its estimated value - because its previous
owner was the pope.
Signed "Francesco" on its tank, the Dyna Super Glide sold for
241,500 euros ($US328,300), with a Harley-Davidson leather
jacket, also signed by the pope, going for 57,500 euros, both
to anonymous bidders, auction house Bonhams said.
"It has to be a world record for a 21st century
Harley-Davidson and certainly for a Harley-Davidson leather
jacket," said Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams. The
motorbike had a pre-sale estimate of 12,000-15,000 euros.
The items were presented to the head of the Roman Catholic
Church last June by the manufacturer to mark the US brand's
In line with his focus on the poor, and his preference for
modest modes of transport - he used to take public transport
as a cardinal in Buenos Aires - Francis donated the motorbike
to Catholic charity Caritas after signing it at a special
ceremony at the Vatican in November.
The proceeds will go towards the renovation of a hostel and
soup kitchen based at Rome's Termini railway station.