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Huge interest for Pope's Harley-Davidson ahead of auction

Published on Feb 6, 2014 6:38 AM
Cameramen shoot the 1,585 cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide, donated to Pope Francis last year and signed by him on its tank, which is displayed as part of Bonham's Les Grandes Marques du Monde vintage and classic cars sale at the Grand Palais in Paris, on Feb 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Move over Popemobile, make way for the "Popebike": a Harley-Davidson that briefly belonged to Pope Francis and is being auctioned off in Paris on Thursday has already garnered significant advance interest from around the world.

A day ahead of the much-anticipated sale, Bonhams auction house said it had received some 30 purchase orders worth much more than the 12,000 to 15,000 euro (S$20,000 to S$25,700) valuation of the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide signed by the pontiff himself.

"Unsurprisingly, there is real interest. The sale of the pope's motorbike promises to be hotly contested. The result will no doubt live up to its first owner. The papal signature, a first on a vehicle, makes this sale unique," Bonhams France said.

Harley-Davidson gave the bike to the pope in June to mark the 110th anniversary of the United States (US) motorbike maker.

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