Here's Your Chance to Own the Pope's Motorcycle

UPDATED 01/17/2014 at 11:30 AM EST Originally published 01/15/2014 at 11:00 AM EST

Pope's Motorcycle Will Be Auctioned off to Benefit Rome's Homeless
Pope Francis stands by a Harley-Davidson motorcycle he received on June 12, 2013
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Call it Vatican Chopper.

In February, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle formerly owned by Pope Francis will go on auction in Paris. The papal hog can be yours for the mere price of a semester at a midrange college: Bidding starts at $15,000.

Francis obtained the Harley as part of his best year ever. In June, the pope was presented with hundreds of motorcycles as part of the motorbike company's 100th anniversary and, as popes are wont to do, he blessed them. To thank him, Harley-Davidson gave the pope a pair of motorcycles and an undoubtedly stylish motorcycle jacket for him to wear while enjoying his new gifts. (Pope Francis currently travels in a Ford Focus.)

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Pope Francis blesses a disabled person wearing Harley-Davidson garb n St. Peter's Square, on June 16, 2013

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It is unclear whether Pope Francis ever rode the motorcycles.

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Pope Francis talks to Harley-Davidson Motor Company vice president Mark Hans-Richer on June 12, 2013

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The chopper will go on auction through Bonhams auction house. All proceeds will benefit Caritas Roma, a Catholic charity that serves Rome's homeless.

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