Pope finally auctions Lamborghini gift, donates £715000 proceeds to charities

A Lamborghini Huracan blessed and signed by Pope Francis has sold for £615,000 at auction- more than four times the car's typical value- after being donated to the pontiff last year

Pope finally auctions Lamborghini gift, donates £715000 proceeds to charities

The Pope put the finishing touches to the auto by signed the bonnet.

This past weekend, Pope Francis' limited edition, rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán was auctioned off for charity.

The car is finished in Bianco Monocerus white paint with Giallo Tiberino gold stripes as a nod to the colours of Vatican City
The car is finished in Bianco Monocerus white paint with Giallo Tiberino gold stripes as a nod to the colours of Vatican City

The sale price of the auto is typically around US$200,000.

The vehicle was sold at RM Sotheby's Monte Carlo Grimaldi Forum with all of the proceeds from its $861,575 hammer price going to special causes.

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They customized his auto with a Bianco Monocerus (white) finish that's split up by Giallo Tiberino (yellow) stripes, meant to pay homage to the flag of Vatican City.

The Huracán RWD was personally autographed by Pope Francis during the presentation ceremony at the Vatican City on November 27, 2017 in the presence of Stefano Domenicali, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, a delegation of the company's Management Board and two workers who contributed to the car's construction.

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A further undisclosed amount will be given to the Pontifical Foundation, which will use the money to help the Christian community return to the Nineveh Plain, in Iraq, by rebuilding their homes and places of worship. The fact that this vehicle sold for almost three times its estimate, and much higher than the model's standard retail price, is telling of how much interest it attracted'. The design pays homage to the colours of the flag of Vatican City.

The Huracan RWD Coupe also boasts a maximum speed of 320 kilometres per hour and 573 horsepower.

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But this isn't the first time an item from the Pope has sold for big bucks. And in 2015, he sold an iPad for more than US$30,000.

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