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Pope Francis' Harley-Davidson sold at Paris auction

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. Getty
 
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