Last Monday at Drouot, Paris main auction room, a piece of Eiffel tower staircase was sold for 18 000 euros to an executive of a Dutch legal advising company called … Eiffel.
credit : AFP Stéphane de Sakutin
It’s 4 meters and a half high, 1 meter 70 cm round, and weights over 700 kilos. It’s a piece of a staircase leading from second to third floor, which was cut in twenty four pieces and sold in auction in 1983. Gustave Eiffel himself is supposed to have climbed those stairs on 3/31 1989 to put a flag on top of his tower as elevators were not yet in order.
Salle Drouot, 9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, metro Richelieu-Drouot, tel : 33 (0)1 48 00 20 20
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