Eiffel Tower staircase fetches half a million euros
A fragment of the original staircase of the Eiffel Tower was sold for
EUR 553,000 in a Paris auction on Wednesday.
27 Expatica 2008
PARIS – A piece of the original staircase of the Eiffel Tower fetched
EUR 553,000, 10 times its estimated price, in a Paris auction on
The 2.7-metre high chunk, the third of its kind sold this year, went
to private US buyer after a tense battle between him and another
interested party who both placed bids by phone, said Sotheby's
The spiral section was part of the flight leading from the second to
the third levels of the tower. It was scaled by Gustav Eiffel himself
at the inauguration in 1889, when the lift was not yet in service.
Some descendents of Eiffel were present at Wednesday's auction.
"What we are selling is a symbol," said Cecile Verdier of Sotheby's
Paris. "It's more than an object, it's a piece of Paris - of the
Eiffel Tower and that's the stuff of dreams."
[AFP / Expatica]