Holy Smoke Turns Metal into Cash

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A Lamborghini Huracan that was donated to Pope Francis has sold for £615,000 (R 10 308 017.70) – almost four times the supercar’s usual asking price.

The white and gold vehicle, which was blessed and signed by the pontiff, was listed in ‘as-new condition’ having remained in storage since it was given to him in November last year.

All proceeds from the sale, which took place at RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo auction at the weekend, will now be split between charitable causes.

The Iraqi city of Nineveh, which was besieged by ISIS, will get £430,000 (R7 207 231.95) from the sale, with the aim being to allow displaced Christians to return home.

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The remaining £185,000 (R3 100 785.84) will be gifted to two charities, one of which provides support for human trafficking victims while the other provides medical aid in Africa.

The Lamborghini was finished in Bianco Monocerus white paint contrasted by Giallo Tiberino stripes and detailing in homage to the colours of the flag of Vatican City.

It has been fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels and has leather seats. Pope Francis signed the bonnet.

Lamborghini fitted the Huracan with a 5.2-litre V10 engine located behind the driver which generates 570bhp.

This gives the Italian supercar a 0-62mph (100kph) time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198mph (318.65kph).

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It is not the first time Pope Francis has auctioned off an unlikely vehicle for charity. In 2013 he was gifted a Harley Davidson motorcycle which is typically worth £9,500 (R159229.54).

But when it was auctioned a year later, having also been blessed and signed by Francis, it went for £240,000 (R4 022 641.09).


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