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Pope's Harley on auction block

Francis helping raise money for Catholic charity

05 February, 18:57
Pope's Harley on auction block (ANSA) - Paris, February 5 - Pope Francis' old Harley Davidson motorcycle is attracting "huge interest" ahead of an auction in Paris Thursday, the Bonhams auction house said Wednesday.

The motorcycle was a gift from the iconic American company in June celebrating its 110th anniversary at a biker rally in Rome.

Soon after the pope donated the bike to Catholic charity Caritas to raise money to restore Rome's Don Luigi hostel.

The Dyna Super Glide model is expected to bring in well over the 25,000-euro sticker price now that its value has been boosted by the fame of its past owner and his autograph.

"There's real interest, with offers coming in from all over the world. It's going to be a closely fought auction and the results will be befitting for the bike's former owner (the pope)," said the Paris branch of London-based Bonhams.

It said Francis's signature made the Harley "unique".

Some speculate that the legendary Milwaukee-based motorbike maker will buy it back to add to its museum.