A Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic signed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who abdicated in January 2013, which was later received by his holiness Pope Francis is set to be auctioned in February.
Auctioneers Bonhams have confirmed the bike will be entered with no reserve but is estimated to sell for between £11,700 - £19,600 with all proceeds going to a Polish charity supporting children and families in need.
Two commemorative petrol tanks from the 1690cc machine were presented to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who signed them both as part of Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebrations. They were returned to Harley’s US headquarters where they were mounted to their respective motorcycles. One remains in the Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson museum while the other will be the one for auction.
In a twist, the bike was due to be presented to the Pope but when he abdicated, the bike was instead presented to his holiness Pope Francis.
“It’s an honour to have been selected to sell this fantastic machine. We expect a lot of interest, and hope to raise some spirited bidding for the very worthy charity selected,” said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Motorcycle Department.
Fancy bidding? then head to Bonhams Motorcycle website for more information.