Pope Francis given Lamborghini to be auctioned for charity

Lloyd Doyle
November 15, 2017

The luxury Lamborghini Huracan lists at over $400,000, but the special edition papal sports auto will surely command a considerably higher price at auction.

Pope Francis got the keys to a fancy new Lamborghini on Wednesday - but he won't be tooling around the Vatican gardens in it.

He blessed it, signed its hood, and promptly handed it over to Sotheby's, which will auction off the Huracan on his behalf.

Members of the company's top management presented the auto to Francis in the Vatican on Wednesday morning, after which the Pope blessed the vehicle and signed its hood.

The Huracan, which has a top speed of more than 300km per hour and has a starting price in Italy of 185,000 euros ($219,000), will instead be auctioned for charity, a statement said.

The special edition auto, however, will be auctioned off by Sotheby's in London and the proceeds given to four charities in Pope Francis' name.

Before being made pope, Francis got around his native Buenos Aires on public transport, and he has long railed against people who buy the latest model cars or smart phones.

Specifically, part of the proceeds from the auction will go to Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation, which is working to rebuild homes, houses of worship and community buildings that were destroyed by the Islamic State and caused thousands of Iraqi Christians to flee their homes.

Other funds will go to charities that help women who are trafficked and forced into prostitution, and those that provide medical care in Africa.

The Sant'Agata Bolognese-based Lamborghini is owned by Germany's Volkswagen.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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