The popemobile is staying in Philadelphia. The vehicle will be up for bid as part of the Philadelphia Auto Show black tie gala on January 29.
One of the two “popemobiles” that shuttled Pope Francis around during his trip to Philadelphia last September is going on the auction block.
Michael Chapman, a former chairman of the Philadelphia Auto Show, and his wife secured the vehicle with a winning bid of $82,000.
The Pope rode a Fiat 500-L while traveling around Philadelphia.
Chapman Auto Group has seven area locations.
The other remains on display for the weeklong Philadelphia Auto Show, which formally opens on Saturday. Conducted by Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Co., the auction featured more than 19 bidders from across the country and lasted just 11 minutes.
It’s not too late to be a holy roller: Pope Francis’ Philadelphia Fiat is still up for auction. Bidders can also make offers online.
Profits from the sale benefited the Catholic Charities Appeal, Mercy Hospice, Casa Del Carmen, and the Archdiocesan Schools of Special Education, according to a statement issued by the organizers of the auction.
“We are so heartened by the fact that this extraordinary gift will go on to enrich the lives of so many individuals”, said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families.