Pope's Harley bike sold for charity
Pope Francis's Harley-Davidson is hitting the road after an unnamed European buyer agreed to pay 241,500 euro (£200,000) including taxes and fees for the motorcycle at a Paris auction to benefit charity.
The Bonhams auction house said the telephone buyer agreed to pay far more than the expected pre-sale price of more than 12,000 euro (£10,000) at the auction at Paris's Grand Palais.
A Harley-Davidson leather jacket signed by Pope Francis sold for 57,500 euro (£48,000) including fees.
It is unknown whether the pontiff ever rode the custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide that was a gift from Willie Davidson, a retired Harley-Davidson designer and grandson of the company's co-founder.
Money from the sale will be donated to charity Caritas Roma, which runs a soup kitchen and hostel for the homeless in Rome.