A 14-foot piece of Eiffel Tower reaches auction block
On your last visit to Paris, you might have seen numerous miniature Eiffel Towers on the shelves in almost every souvenir shop. But, have you ever thought of buying a piece of the real thing? Well, one lucky bidder will be very soon able to lay his/her hands on a genuine piece of the real Eiffel Tower. A section of the winding iron staircase, which Gustave Eiffel climbed to inaugurate the monument in 1889, will be sold at the Hotel Drouot auction house on Monday.
Back in the yuear 1983, the 1,911-step staircase was detached to make space for new elevators and the 24 pieces were auctioned off to museums and collectors from all over the world. The 14-foot piece for sale is the one that linked the monument’s second and third levels. The expectations from the sale are not as high as I thought them to be. This historical piece of the great monument is expected to fetch between $29,000 and $44,000.