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Pope's Harley Davidson goes under the hammer

Pope's Harley Davidson goes under the hammer
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A Harley Davidson belonging to Pope Francis is up for sale this week. It was given to him by the renowned American motorcycle manufacturer last year to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary.

It is said that the Pope has appreciated the gift, but he chose to sell it for charity, rather than splash out on a set of leathers.

The bike will go on sale on Thursday February 6 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

The starting price is 12,000 euros, but the London auction house Bonhams, which is organising the event, expects much more.

Ben Walker is Director of Bonhams’ Motorcycles Department: “So far, the interest has been fantastic, I had inquiries from across the world, in this machine. I had more inquiries about this motorcycle than I have had in any motorcycle in my professional career”.

Our correspondent in Paris, Giovanni Magi said: “Whoever fails to win the Pope’s Harley Davidson can console themselves. Here at the Grand Palais, there’ll be 50 other bikes up for auction and 150 vintage cars, all from major brands”.