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FRANCIS


THE HOG
2013 Harley-Davidson FXDC Dyna Super Glide

THE ENGINE
1,584cc air-cooled Twin Cam 96B

SIGNED?
“Francesco”

BLESSED?
No


This Harley-Davidson motorcycle, given to Pope Francis by designer Willie G. Davidson (and hand-signed by the pontiff), fetched $327,000 at auction in 2014.


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DIVINE JUDGMENT

PRESALE ESTIMATE
$16,000-$22,000

AUCTION PRICE
$327,000

SALES VERDICT
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When your daily sled is the bulletproof Popemobile, you don’t have much use for a motorcycle, let alone a pair of them. But that hasn’t stopped Harley-Davidson from giving the Vatican a hog now and then. In 2013 Willie G. Davidson, a retired Harley designer and grandson of the company’s founder, presented Pope Francis with a 110th-anniversary Dyna Super Glide, which was auctioned last year (along with a motorcycle jacket signed by His Holiness) at Bonhams in Paris.


This February the auction house put a second Harley up for bid: a Softail Classic that Davidson gave to Pope Benedict XVI, which ended up in Francis’ garage (near the Pirelli calendar) after Benedict abdicated in early 2013. The proceeds from each sale went to charity—Heaven’s Angels indeed.


FRANCIS

THE HOG
2013 Harley-Davidson FXDC Dyna Super Glide

THE ENGINE
1,584cc air-cooled Twin Cam 96B

SIGNED?
“Francesco”

BLESSED?
No


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