Here’s an opportunity to own motorcycles associated with Steve McQueen and Von Dutch - need we say more? Get your credit cards out because tomorrow, January 9, 2014, will see a 1923 Indian Big Chief with Princess Sidecar owned by McQueen and fully restored by Von Dutch put on the auction block at the Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Previously […]
Pope’s Harley Sells for $329,000 at Auction!
Bonhams auction house in Paris has announced the unexpected results of the auction held today which included a 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide and a leather jacket owned by none other than the Pope. The results were simply astounding. The Pope’s Harley sold for $328,527 to a private European buyer. We don’t know who since the winning bids came in via phone. The jacket was awarded to “an overseas buyer” (possibly from the US?) for $78,221.
According to Bonhams, the bidding took just six minutes to reach a third of a million dollars. While we’ve seen some expensive custom Harleys in our time, nothing has compared to the value of having the Pope sign this Dyna’s gas tank.
As we noted last month, all of the proceeds of the sale will go towards the renovation of the Caritas Roma’s Don Luigi di Liegro hostel and soup kitchen based at Rome’s Termini railway station. The 30 year old hostel should be able to make good use of the money since the facility provides food and shelter to more than 1,000 people, daily.
Said Enrico Feroci, director of Caritas Roma, “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.”