Pope Francis' Harley-Davidson sold at Paris auction

The 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom, donated to Pope Francis and signed by him on its tank, is displayed ahead of Bonham's sale of vintage cars, at Le Grand Palais, Feb. 5, 2014 in Paris, France. Getty

PARIS -- A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis was sold at a Paris auction Thursday to benefit charity.

It's unknown whether the pontiff ever rode the custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide that was a gift from Willie Davidson, a retired Harley-Davidson designer and grandson of the company's co-founder.

Bonhams auction house in Paris told CBS News the pope's hog fetched a whopping bid of more than $280,000 -- far exceeding the expected sale price.  

A leather Harley jacket sold as a separate lot fetched $74,300. All the money from the sale of the motorcycle and the jacket was to be donated to the Rome-based charity Caritas Roma, which runs a soup kitchen and a hostel for the homeless in the eternal city.

Pope Francis' signature is seen on the tank of a 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom
Pope Francis' signature is seen on the tank of a 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom, ahead of Bonham's sale of vintage cars, at Le Grand Palais, Feb. 5, 2014 in Paris, France.
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