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Pope's Harley Davidson bike sold to mystery buyer for $360,000

Published on Feb 6, 2014 10:50 PM
 
The 1,585 cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide, donated to Pope Francis last year and signed by him on its tank, 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. A Harley Davidson motorbike that briefly belonged to Pope Francis was sold to a mystery European buyer for 210,000 euros (S$360,318) at a high-profile auction in Paris on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - A Harley Davidson motorbike that briefly belonged to Pope Francis was sold to a mystery European buyer for 210,000 euros (S$360,318) at a high-profile auction in Paris on Thursday.

"It's a record for a post-vintage motorbike, from the 21st century," said Bonhams France, the auction house. Including fees, the unidentified buyer paid a total of 241,500 euros to obtain the bike.

The US motorbike maker gave the 1,585cc Dyna Super Glide to the pope in June to mark the brand's 110th anniversary, and while the 77-year-old never rode it, he signed it before donating it to Roman Catholic charity Caritas Roma.

The funds from the sale will go towards the restoration of the charity's hostel and soup kitchen at Rome's Termini railway station.

 
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