Pope's Harley goes for $327,000 at charity auction

The 1,585 cc Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide, donated to Pope Francis last year and signed by him on its tank, is displayed as part of Bonham's Les Grandes Marques du Monde vintage and classic cars sale at the Grand Palais in Paris, February 5, 2014. Signed "Francesco" on its tank, the motorcycle, to be auctioned for charity in Paris on February 6, has an unusual owner - Pope Francis. The Pope will sell his Harley Davidson to raise funds for Caritas Roma, a charity working on behalf of the church, auctioneer Bonhams said. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)

PARIS (AP) -- Pope Francis' Harley-Davidson is hitting the road after an unspecified European buyer agreed to pay 241,500 euros ($327,000) including taxes and fees for the motorcycle at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

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

A Harley-Davidson leather jacket signed by Pope Francis sold for 57,500 euros including fees.

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.

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