Hog wild! Pope’s Harley gear nabs record prices

Pope greets Harley-Davidson biker after Mass at Vatican

Pope Francis greeting a Harley-Davidson biker as he meets with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square June 16, 2013. (CNS/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — A Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide that Pope Francis put up for auction went for a hefty $326,500 today, demolishing its pre-sale appraisal of $16,000.

The record sale was the hit of the day as hundreds of bidders and spectators attending the Paris auction “erupted into applause when the hammer came down,” according to the Bonhams auction house.

bonhams bike sold price

Bidding was fierce, Bonhams said, and lasted a full six minutes. The 2013 autographed bike went to “a private European buyer” who was bidding over the telephone.

A leather Harley jacket, also signed by the pope, sold for $77,644 to someone “overseas,” meaning, not in Europe. A pre-bid estimate had put the 110th anniversary special edition XL jacket at between $1,400 and $2,000.

bonhams jacket sold price

Seems appraisers didn’t factor in how much papal Harley gear was really worth!

Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams, said: “It has to be a world record for a twenty-first century Harley-Davidson and certainly for a Harley-Davidson leather jacket.”

— Bonhams press release

All proceeds will go to benefit the renovation of Caritas Rome’s Fr. Luigi di Liegro shelter and soup kitchen. The money looks like it will provide the final funding needed for the project, which had been $270,000 short of its target.

Msgr. Enrico Feroci, head of Caritas Rome, told Bonhams:

“We are delighted with the results of the sale, which far exceeded any of our expectations.

“We would like to thank Bonhams for their professionalism with handling the motorcycle and for all their efforts in helping us to achieve such an amazing result.”


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14 Responses to Hog wild! Pope’s Harley gear nabs record prices

  1. Bonnie Boduk says:

    The Pope sold his Harley and jacket for charity. What an absolutely lovely man.

  2. Thomas Cardamon says:

    A great thing to do, although I would love to see Pope Francis riding a Harley!

  3. stella rachford seaman says:

    Great for the soup kitchen. The Pope is feeding the hungry. God Bless

  4. Right On for the soup kitchen getting funds to feed the poor, way cool! Pope.

  5. Coyote Frank says:

    God is good shows pope is a great man. Thanks to Harley Davidson for donation.

  6. This what we need to hear or see .GOD bless him in JESUS NAME AMEN

  7. The Pope shows us the Love of Jesus. We are blessed to have him.

  8. Maria Fatima says:

    Thousands will be fed from this soup kitchen. God bless the Pope and the buyers – indirectly their generosity will be blessed by many

  9. Thanks Pope Francis for your act of charity. God bless us to emulate him in doing good works. Amen

  10. Nani Vasquez says:

    God has sent an angel….Thank you Pope Francis!

  11. It’s amazing how much people will pay for something so small from a famous person. If more famous people would donate a few minutes to sign something a LOT of money could be raised for charity.

  12. Big Al says:

    Much money is given to the poor by celebrities and other wealthy people. Some of it is done because of taxes, but many do it because it is the right thing to do. I have known some who do it because they are
    generous and want to share their good fortune. They do a better job of helping the helpless than the government. Much better.

  13. Tom C says:

    It is the governments job to protect the least of us. Do you really want to count on celebrities largesse?

  14. If only he did this regularly with various specialty items… a lot more people would be willing to “give charity”

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