François Hollande’s famous scooter sold for 25,000 euros

François Hollande’s famous scooter sold for 25,000 euros
François Hollande’s famous scooter sold for 25,000 euros

The affair broke out on the front page of Closer and shook the Élysée: François Hollande’s famous scooter, with which the former president had tried to reach Julie Gayet incognito, in January 2014, even though he was still officially in a relationship with Valérie Trierweiler, was sold at auction for the tidy sum of 25,000 euros.

“The buyer, who preferred to remain anonymous, won the auction against three other buyers by telephone and around ten online bidders”, indicates in a press release the Rouillac house, which took care of the sale this Sunday at the Château d’Artigny, in Indre-et-Loire.

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34,000 kilometers on the clock

The famous scooter, a gray Piaggio MP3, three-wheeled, 125 cm3, shows 34,000 kilometers on the odometer. His starting price was set at 10,000 euros, excluding the black helmet (nor the croissants…) with which the president was photographed at the time.

Why such a sum, when an identical scooter is valued at around 1,300 euros? For its “historical value”. “The sale of this emblematic scooter aroused great curiosity in the French and international press, due to its particular history of the presidency of François Hollande,” explained Aymeric Rouillac, auctioneer of the Rouillac house.

Built in 2009, the vehicle was put into circulation in 2010. In 2012, it was already in the Élysée park when François Hollande was elected president. The latter very quickly adopted it.

“To Patrick and Manola. To better share their happiness”

The Élysée scooter was then sold at auction by the Domaines service in 2015, and it has since passed into the hands of several owners. The last ones, Patrick and Manola Sionneau, bought it to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. François Hollande even made a dedication to the Vendôme couple in his book Upheavals : “To Patrick and Manola who had the chance to ride my scooter. To better share their happiness. This scooter is the right one. »

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