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Pope’s Harley to be auctioned for charity


Photo copyright L'Osservatore Romano | courtesy of Bonhams
Photo copyright L’Osservatore Romano | courtesy of Bonhams

Remember last June when part of the 110th anniversary celebration of Harley-Davidson included hundreds of riders and their bikes visiting the Vatican and the presentation of a 2013 Dyna Super Glide to Pope Francis?

Well, that motorcycle will be sold at auction February 6 by Bonhams to raise money for Caritas Roma, a charity.

Proceeds from the sale, which takes place during Retromobile Week, will be used for the Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen at Rome’s Termini railway station. The hostel was established 30 years ago to aid the homeless, jobless and poor. Today, it serves more than 1,000 people each day.

The motorcycle, with its tank signed by the Pope, will be sold at Bonhams Les Grande Marques du Monde event at the Grand Palais in Paris.


Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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