Pope Francis sticks with popemobile instead of $200K Lamborghini

His specially built Huracan will be auctioned by Sotheby's.

ByBY MORGAN KORN
November 15, 2017, 10:40 AM

— -- Billionaires, get out your checkbooks. A one-of-a-kind Lamborghini -- blessed and signed by Pope Francis -- is coming to auction soon.

The Italian sportscar maker designed and built a special Huracan for the pope, who officially received it at the Vatican today with Lamborghini executives in tow. The donated car was painted to replicate the Vatican's flag colors, complete with papal-gold accents on the hood, roof and doors. Pope Francis smiled as he signed "Francesco" with a black marker on the car.

The Huracan RWD Coupe starts at $200,000.

Sotheby’s will auction off the sportscar, the Vatican said in a statement. The money raised will go toward several charities the pope has selected, including one that helps Christians who are living as refugees in Kurdistan to return to their communities in Iraq.

The pope, who prefers to be driven around in the modest popemobile, will not take the pricey Lamborghini for a joy ride before the May 12, 2018, auction.

PHOTO: Pope Francis signs a Lamborghini Huracan he received as a gift as Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali (2ndR) looks on, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Vatican.
Pope Francis signs a Lamborghini Huracan he received as a gift as Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali (2ndR) looks on, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Vatican.
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PHOTO: Pope Francis blesses a Lamborghini Huracan which was gifted to him from the Italian car company, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Vatican and released by the Vatican press office, Osservatore Romano.
Pope Francis blesses a Lamborghini Huracan which was gifted to him from the Italian car company, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Vatican and released by the Vatican press office, Osservatore Romano.
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PHOTO: This handout photo taken Nov. 15, 2017, released by the Vatican press office, Osservatore Romano, shows Pope Francis speaking with Lambhorgini CEO Stefano Domenicali (R) after receiving a Lamborghini Huracan as a gift from the Italian car company.
This handout photo taken on Nov. 15, 2017 at the Vatican and released by the Vatican press office, Osservatore Romano, shows Pope Francis speaking with Lambhorgini CEO Stefano Domenicali (R) after receiving a Lamborghini Huracan as a gift from the Italian car company.
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