Pope Francis is not your run-of-the-mill Bishop of Rome. He is, after all, the pope who has shunned the Popemobile for a 20-year old Renault and has encouraged public breast feeding, among many other admirable actions.
And now the pope we love to love is in the headlines again; this time for consigning his custom Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide to the auction house Bonhams.
Yes, the pope has a Harley.
The reverential ride was originally given to Pope Francis by Harley-Davidson last year in honor of the 110th anniversary of the motorcycle company. Although it is unclear whether or not the pope has putted about on the bike much, it is expected to bring in between $16,000 and $20,000.
"I suspect that it will (have) a very limited mileage," Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams, told Reuters.
And immediately after the bike is sold, a Harley-Davidson leather jacket signed by the pope will also be sold. The money raised will be donated to the Catholic charity Caritas Roma to help with the renovations of a hostel and soup kitchen in Rome.
The auction will take place at the Grand Palais in Paris on February 6.
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