N.J. company to auction pope’s Philadelphia Fiat for charity

Some people will pay a lot of money to own a part of history, like the buyer of the “Triple Elvis,” a nearly 7-foot-tall ink and silver paint triple portrait of Presley as a cowboy, shooting a gun from his hip. The item sold in September 2014 for $81.9 million.Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co. hopes to foster that same excitement as it auctions a one-of-a-kind Fiat used by Pope Francis during his historic Philadelphia visit last year.

Bob Dann, the executive vice president and chief operations officer for Clinton-based Max Spann, said the company is honored to be handling the item.

“It is certainly an honor for our firm to be selected to auction one and possibly two vehicles used by Pope Francis,” he said. “We’re especially proud that the proceeds of this auction will be used for important charities throughout the Philadelphia area.”

The item will be up for bid at the Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate, though remote bidding is also being made possible.

The auction will be held at 9 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Proceeds will go to the Catholic Social Services, Mercy Hospice, Casa Del Carmen and the Archdiocesan Schools of Special Education.

A second Papal Fiat will be on display at the Philadelphia Auto Show and may also be auctioned during the Black Tie event. It will remain on display, however, for the entirety of the show, which runs from Jan. 30 through Feb. 7.

Both vehicles were donated to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 after the Pope’s visit in September of last year.

How about the pink slip?

Well, both Fiats have been certified as the official vehicles used by the Holy Father in Philadelphia by Chrysler Fiat and the U.S. Secret Service.  

To purchase tickets to the Philadelphia Auto Show Black Tie Tailgate, visithttp://www.phillyautoshow.com/bttg/. To purchase tickets to the Philadelphia Auto Show, visitwww.autophillyshow.com

Andrew Sheldon

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