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Pope Francis signed the car when he was given it last year

HOLY CAR: Lamborghini gifted to the Pope sells for four times its normal value, raising £615,000 for charity

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A Lamborghini Huracan that was donated to Pope Francis has sold for £615,000 – almost four times the supercar’s usual asking price.

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 last year.

All proceeds from the sale, which took place at RM Sotheby’s Monte Carlo auction at the weekend, will now be split between charitable causes.

The Iraqi city of Nineveh, which was besieged by ISIS, will get £430,000 from the sale, with the aim being to allow displaced Christians to return home.

The car is finished in Bianco Monocerus white paint with Giallo Tiberino gold stripes as a nod to the colours of Vatican City

The remaining £185,000 will be gifted to two charities, one of which provides support for human trafficking victims while the other provides medical aid in Africa.

The Lamborghini was finished in Bianco Monocerus white paint contrasted by Giallo Tiberino stripes and detailing in homage to the colours of the flag of Vatican City.

It has been fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels and has leather seats. Pope Francis signed the bonnet.

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.

It is not the first time Pope Francis has auctioned off an unlikely vehicle for charity. In 2013 he was gifted a Harley Davidson motorcycle which is typically worth £9,500.

The Lamborghini is not the first vehicle to be auctioned off by the Pope, who also sold a Harley Davidson motorcycle in 2013 for £240,000 – 25 times the asking price

But when it was auctioned a year later, having also been blessed and signed by Francis, it went for £240,000.

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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