The pontiff’s supercar will be auctioned and the proceeds will be used to help the needy
Number one of Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali, donated a Huracán RWD to Pope Francis. The unique specimen, personalized by the ‘Ad Personam’ department of the supercar manufacturer, is Monocerus white with Tiberino yellow stripes, in honor of the Vatican City’s colors. However, His Holiness will not be seen around Rome in his exclusive vehicle.
The Huracán was signed by the pope outside his Vatican residence and it will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on May 12th. The proceeds will be handed directly to Pope Francis, who will use them help the needy; in particular, they will go to: the “Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre” foundation aiding Christians to rebuild and return to their homes and churches in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains that were destroyed by Isis militants; a community entitled to Pope John XXIII, which helps migrant women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution; and two Italian associations, ‘Gicam’ and ‘Amici del Centrafrica’, which provide medical aid in Africa.
Experience says that by signing and blessing it outside of his Vatican residence, Pope Francis ensured to greatly increase the value of the Lamborghini, which normally sells for more than $200,000. In fact, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle that he received as a gift in 2013, which had a retail price of $13,000, and that he signed on the tank, was sold at auction in Paris later that year for nothing less than $327,000. While a leather Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket, also signed by Francis, sold for $77,000.
Ilona Catani Scarlett