The Harley Davidson once Owned by Pope Benedict XVI sells at Auction
Several lots were sold above estimate and a new world auction record was set for a factory specification 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible which also further cemented Bonham’s leadership with the luxury British brand.
The DB5 sold to an auction room bidder against the telephone for £1 430 715.
The ex- Amschel Rothschild 1966 AC Cobra 289 ‘Mark II’ Roadster sold to a British bidder in the room for £707 686.
The Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Grand Sport also drummed up some spirited bidding. It had once been driven by a famous racing Russian, Boris Ivanowski an exiled Russian Imperial Guardsman. The 6C was sold to a European bidder in the room for £893 113.
Jacque Gérin’s radical 1922 Gerin Aérodyne Saloon Prototype was an unusual addition to the Bonham’s’ sale. It was found three years ago after a 15 year search and this was the first time that it appeared in a public auction. It was sold to a bidder in the room for £138 736.
A Harley Davidson motorcycle which was blessed with the signature of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was sold in aid of a Polish charity. This Harley Davidson once took part in a special countdown for the brand in the 110th anniversary celebrations, where the pope blessed it with his signature. The Harley Davidson went above estimate and sold to a telephone bidder for £34 684. The winning bidder had also bought the Pope Francis 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, sold at Bonham’s Paris auction in 2014.
The Head of the Continental European Motoring Department, Philip Kantor said that the sale has attracted international attention and exceeded all other auction totals for the Paris auctions.
The Bonham’s Group Motoring Director, James Knight went on to say that the Bonham’s motoring group has seen an amazing start to 2015. The USA division had record breaking auctions at Las Vegas and Scottsdale and now the European teams have delivered the best ever Paris sale.