Pope Francis’ Harley-Davidson is back on the roads.  However, the Pope is not the rider – no matter how modern he is.  The bike was purchased for 241,500 euros ($327,000) by an unspecified European buyer at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

The Bonhams auction house said the telephone buyer agreed to pay much more than the expected pre-sale price of 12,000 euros ($16,000) at the auction at Paris’ Grand Palais.

The money will be donated to Caritas Roma, a charity which runs a soup kitchen and hostel for the homeless in Rome.

Also at the auction, a Harley-Davidson jacket signed by Pope Francis sold for 57,500 euros.

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

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Aneri Pattani is a Blast correspondent and journalism student at Northeastern University

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