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Pope's Harley bike sold for charity

Published 06/02/2014 | 15:12

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The Harley-Davidson donated to Pope Francis last year and signed by him on its tank (AP)

Pope Francis's Harley-Davidson is hitting the road after an unnamed European buyer agreed to pay 241,500 euro (£200,000) including taxes and fees for the motorcycle at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

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The Bonhams auction house said the telephone buyer agreed to pay far more than the expected pre-sale price of more than 12,000 euro (£10,000) at the auction at Paris's Grand Palais.

A Harley-Davidson leather jacket signed by Pope Francis sold for 57,500 euro (£48,000) including fees.

It is 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.

Money from the sale will be donated to charity Caritas Roma, which runs a soup kitchen and hostel for the homeless in Rome.

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