We already know that Pope Francis is probably the most progressive Pope ever. He does have his own official Twitter page. But now you can add a little street-cred to the Pontiff’s resume as well. He owns a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. It was a gift from Willie Davidson, grandson of the prestigious bike company’s co-founder. And because the Pope is obviously a charitable man, he has put the bike up for auction to benefit the Rome charity Caritas Roma (a soup kitchen and hostel.)
The 2013 Pope-signed Dyna Super Glide and Papal leather jacket will be sold by the Bonham’s auction house in Paris. The bike is currently on display at the Grand Palais. Even though the actual sale isn’t until Thursday, as you can imagine, the Pope’s hog is already generating a ton of interest. Bonhams France spoke of the bike’s one-of-a-kind wow-factor. “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.”
— Bike EXIF Customs (@BikeEXIF) January 14, 2014
About 30 bids have already come in and many more are expected. They have all been well over the face value of the bike which is around $16,200 – $20,300. Of course, the final price would probably be a lot higher if the Pope actually rode the Harley. However, the chances of the 77-year-old ever taking the hog out for a spin around the Vatican are highly unlikely. In fact, the Pope used to prefer public transportation back in his days as a Cardinal and currently forgoes the lavishness of the Popemobile in favor of more affordable ways of getting around.
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