In a frantic bidding war at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on 12 May, the one-off, 2018 Lamborghini Huracán, gifted by Automobili Lamborghini to His Holiness Pope Francis, sold for an incredible €809,375 (Estimate: €250,000–€350,000) at RM Sotheby’s biennial Monaco auction during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. The exclusive sale totaled €23,317,290, drawing global interest from bidders representing 36 countries.
Offered without reserve, all proceeds from the sale of the uniquely customized supercar are being donated by Pope Francis, who will allocate them accordingly to the Vatican’s preferred charitable organizations. A large number of bidders who were present in the room, online, and on the telephone lines were eager to secure this special and completely unrepeatable car, which pays tribute to the colors of the flag of Vatican City, painted in Bianco Monocerus with Giallo Tiberino. Lamborghini unveiled the one-off car in the Vatican during a special ceremony on 15 November in the presence of Pope Francis, who signed the bonnet of the car.
Without a doubt, the Bugatti Veyron has secured its place in history as a modern automotive icon, which was reinforced by the fact that the example offered in Monaco, a 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, was the night’s second most valuable car, bringing €1,720,625 (Estimate: €1,200,000–€1,500,000). Featuring numerous unique Transformers-themed modifications, the light blue example with contrasting blue carbon fiber is the ultimate incarnation of the supercar and was “as new,” having only covered 840 kilometers.
Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s Europe, said following the sale: “Once again, we have enjoyed a strong sale in Monaco. We offered some fine cars, and it was a particular privilege to sell the Lamborghini Huracán for such an incredible charitable cause. We saw strong individual prices achieved across the board, and it is clear the market is still robust enough for world-record results to be achieved.”