A Harley-Davidson FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic blessed with the signature of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and later received by Pope Francis, has been sold for well above estimates at a Bonhams auction in Paris. The proceeds benefit the Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), a Polish volunteer, independent, non-profit organization that offers care and support to children and families in need.

The Harley Davidson previously took part in a special countdown to the marques 110th anniversary celebrations, during which the Pope blessed it with a signature. Soaring above estimate, the holiest of Harleys finally sold to a telephone bidder at €46,000 (£34,684, or approximately $52,000) – the winning bidder also purchased the Pope Francis 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, sold at Bonhams Paris auction in 2014.