129-Year-Old Original Eiffel Tower Stairs Auctioned For Hefty Price Of €169,000
By Izza Sofia, 30 Nov 2018
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A section of the original spiral staircase from Paris’ Eiffel Tower has been sold for €169,000 (US$192,556) at an auction by Artcurial.
The auction house had initially estimated the sale price to lie somewhere between €40,000 and €60,000 (US$45,575 and US$68,363). The stairs was instead sold at nearly three times this initial approximation.
More than two dozen iron steps—from between the second and third floors of the landmark—were sold to a Middle East collector.
The 129-year-old stairs measures 4.3 meters high and was part of a private Canadian collection. The iron stairs is but one of 24 sections removed in 1983 due to the installation of a lift between the top two floors of the Eiffel Tower.
Other sections of the staircase can be found in the Yoishii Foundation gardens in Japan, Disneyland in Florida and near the Statue of Liberty in New York.
What I found today...— laine thompson (@marlinhoister) November 27, 2018
Today in Paris auction house Artcurial will be selling off a 24-step piece of original staircase from the Eiffel Tower, removed in 1983 to help lighten the structure while installing a new elevator between its second and top floors. pic.twitter.com/PQ0H4DRJ9C
[via Channel News Asia, opening image via Shutterstock]
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