Pope Francis’ iPad sells for $30,500 at auction


Pope Francis in a 2013 photo. Image by Jeffrey Bruno. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AFP) – An iPad that belonged to Argentina-born
Pope Francis went under the hammer for $30,500 on Tuesday, auctioneers in
 Uruguay said.

Montevideo-based auction house Castells said the winning bid was placed by 
telephone.

Local media threw a spotlight on the iPad last year.

The pope gave it – complete with its His Holiness Francis label and a
 Vatican certificate of authenticity – to an Uruguayan priest as a gift.

It ended up being donated to a local school by the priest, before being
 auctioned off to raise money.