Last November, Pope Francis received a gift that most people only dream of – and it’s definitely dream-worthy. Imagine how he must have felt when the customized, snow white Lamborghini Huracán, with gold trim, rolled up to the Vatican, knowing it was his. Sure, he’s denounced materialism, but this is art!
The Italian carmaker gifted the sleek rear wheel drive coupe – and the fact that it matches the Pope’s appearance? Absolutely intentional.
But what does a Pope do with a $200,000 vehicle that goes 198 miles per hour? He signs the hood of the V10, 573 horsepower engine, and auctions it off for a very good cause. After all, it isn’t realistic that he’d be tooling around the Vatican in his fancy new Lambo or hitting the open road with the wind in his hair. He has much more important things to tend to and he seems to prefer more modest modes of transportation – mostly.
So, what will become of this Popemobile-ini?
The one of a kind Lamborghini is headed to famed auction house Sotheby’s and will be hitting the auction block on May 12. It is expected to bring in a pretty penny too. Although valued at $200,000, it’s storybook history and the Pope’s signature adorning its hood, experts anticipate the final price tag to hit somewhere in the $303,000 to $425,000 range.
The proceeds will be split four ways. Seventy percent will go to aid Nineveh, a city in Iraq where ISIS has a stronghold and is terrorizing the citizens. The remaining thirty percent will be divided evenly among Groupe International Chirurgiens Amis de la Main, “Amici per il Centrafrica Onlus,” and the Pope John XXIII Community Association.
So, is Pope Francis expected to have any seller’s remorse? Nah. Flashy and fast isn’t really his style anyway, plus he is happy to be able to contribute so generously to such great causes. Sports cars are nice, but he has bigger fish to fry.
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