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Pope Francis auctions off his blessed Lamborghini

15 May 2018

But with a speed limit of just 9mph in the Vatican City there would be little use for the Pope to have such a powerful supercar.

This past weekend, Pope Francis' limited edition, rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán was auctioned off for charity.

The car's new owner, whose identity has not been revealed, gets a vehicle signed and blessed by the Pope himself - after they dish out €715,000, or around C$1,092,377.

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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 a year ago.

The Italian luxury carmaker donated the white vehicle with gold stripes - to match the white and yellow of the Vatican City flag - to the pope in November.

"Lamborghini Huracan RWD Coupe was sold for 715 000 euros at auction Sotheby's on the forum Grimaldi in Monte-Carlo", - stated in the message.

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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 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198mph. The fact that this auto sold for almost three times its estimate, and much higher than the model's standard retail price, is telling of how much interest it attracted'.

Of the money raised at the May 12 auction, the bulk of the proceeds, 70 percent, will go to the Iraqi city of Ninevah, which had been occupied and raided by Islamic State in the mid-2010s.

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Pope Francis auctions off his blessed Lamborghini