Part of the Eiffel Tower Staircase Auctioned for More Than 274,000 Euros
Part of the stairs of the Eiffel Tower in Paris has been auctioned for 274,475 euros. That is much more than was expected by auction house Artcurial.
The piece of metal should have yielded between 30,000 and 40,000 euros.
The nearly 3-meter-high section of staircase served as a staircase between the second and third floors from its construction in 1899 until an elevator was installed in 1983.
The stairs were removed from the tower and cut into 24 pieces. Twenty were sold immediately, three parts went to French museums, and the last piece is standing by the Eiffel Tower.
The part that was auctioned on Tuesday was in the hands of a Canadian collector.
Despite the considerably higher-than-expected price, it is not the most expensive piece of the Eiffel Tower’s stairs to be auctioned. In 2016, a piece of the stairs went under the hammer for 523,800.