Posted: 13 Jan 2014
The Harley-Davidson given to the Pope as part of Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary last June is to be sold at auction for charity. Pope Francis has donated the brand new Dyna Super Glide to Caritas Roma, a charity which works on behalf of the Roman Catholic church to support those in need around the world.
The 1585cc machine will be auctioned by Bonhams, one of the world’s most renowned auctioneers, as part of Retromobile Week at the Bonham’s Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale at the Grand Palais in Paris on February 6th.
Funds raised by the sale will go towards the renovation of the charity’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome’s Termini train station. The hostel, which opened thirty years ago, helps the homeless, jobless and the poor, providing food and accommodation to more than 1,000 people each day.
With an estimate of €12,000-€15,000 (£9,900-£12,500), the bike was signed by his Holiness on the tank at a special ceremony in November.
“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” said Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams.