AN iPad once owned by Pope Francis has been sold at auction for $30,500 (€29,000), with the money raised going to a school in Uruguay.
The Argentina-born pope gave the iPad to a Uruguayan priest called Gonzalo Aemilius saying, “May you do something good with it.” He in turn donated it to the Francisco de Paysandu high school, north of Montevideo.
Their decision was to sell the iPad by auction and raise needed funds to help in the running of the school. However, school officials said that after a string of failed attempts to sell the iPad through auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s, they were offering the iPad through local auction house Castells.
An unnamed buyer won the auction at just under €29,000 through a telephone bid, and wishes to remain anonymous.
This is not the first time a personal possession of Pope Francis has been auctioned. Last year, a Harley Davidson motorbike he had received as a gift fetched €241,500.
Pope Francis has called the Internet a “gift from God,” but confesses to being a “disaster” with technology.