IMAGE: CEO Richard Rowe and the car
Ina Fassbender  /  Reuters file
Online casino CEO Richard Rowe poses with the 1999 Volkswagen Golf once registered in the name of German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, during a presentation in Cologne, Germany, May 19, 2005.
updated 4/15/2007 12:40:59 AM ET 2007-04-15T04:40:59

A 1999 metallic gray Volkswagen Golf believed to once belong to the pope went up for sale on eBay, but the auction ended Saturday without a winner.

For the second time in two years, eBay hosted an auction for a car said to be Pope Benedict XVI's old hatchback. Though bids surpassed $204,000, a reserve price wasn't met.

The car's owner, a Texas-based online casino,, bought the car in 2005 on eBay from a German man. The casino had posted two German automobile registration documents that list "Josef Kardinal Ratzinger" as the vehicle's previous owner.

A spokeswoman for eBay, Catherine Fisher, said she did not know what the seller's minimum price was. A message left with was not immediately returned Saturday evening.

The online auction site said it had verified the car was owned by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he ascended to the papacy. The seller said it would give 40 percent of the proceeds of the sale to Habitat for Humanity Great Britain.

Since the car’s last sale, its appearance has changed. The Golf now has “Pope Benedict Mobile” and advertising stickers plastered on its body.

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