Sale will raise funds for soup kitchen in Rome

A Harley-Davidson motorbike, which was blessed by Pope Francis, is to be sold at auction in Paris.

The Harley-Davidson was donated to Pope Francis last year, which he subsequently signed and decided to auction in order to raise money for charity.

The 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide was given to the Pope in June 2013 along with another bike to mark the 110th anniversary of the motorcycle brand.

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The bike is to be auctioned by Bonhams at the Grand Palais on February 6. The money from the sale will go towards a soup kitchen and hostel for the homeless in Rome. The bike is estimated to be worth £12,000.

The Bonhams auction house noted Francis’ “preference for modest modes of transport” in a statement Monday.

Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams, said: “We are incredibly honoured to be selling this item on behalf of Caritas Roma. We hope to be able to do both Pope Francis and Harley-Davidson proud by raising a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause.”

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