A 2018 Lamborghini Huracán, gifted by Automobili Lamborghini to His Holiness Pope Francis, has sold for an incredible £714,317 (€809,375).

The one-off supercar more than doubled its estimate (£220,000-£310,000) during a frantic bidding war at RM Sotheby’s biannual Monaco auction staged at the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

Offered without reserve, the Vatican will distribute all proceeds from the sale to various causes including the city of Nineveh, Iraq (a city heavily attacked and besieged by ISIS) and the Pope John XXIII Community Association, which is dedicated to helping women who are victims of trafficking and other abuses.

The large number of bidders in the room, online and on the telephone lines, were eager to secure the Huracán RWD which pays tribute to the colours of the flag of the Vatican City and is painted in Bianco Monocerus with Giallo Tiberino decoration.

Lamborghini unveiled the car in the Vatican during a special ceremony on November 15, 2017, in the presence of Pope Francis, who signed the bonnet.

The Lamborghini Huracán RWD is powered by a 572bhp V10 engine capable of sprinting to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 198mph.