One of the World Wonders Eiffel Tower is For Auction in Paris
A part of the Eiffel Tower’s original 1889 spiral staircase, which connected the second and third floors for about a century, will be auctioned in Paris on November 27, 2018.
Measuring 4.3 meters is about 14 feet tall and including nearly 25 steps, the grey-lacquered wrought-iron construction is expected to sell for between €40,000 and €60,000 that is US$45,578 and US$68,367, via the Paris-based auction house Artcurial.
In the year 1983, the staircase was dismantled and split into 24 sections to make space for an elevator. The divisions range from two meters to nine meters in height.
One of the sections is kept on the first level of the tower, three were granted to French museums, including the La Villette, the Museum of Iron History in Nancy and Parisian museums of Orsay. And the 20 remaining parts were sold at auction in the month of December 1983.
Today, some of the sections are installed in renowned places around the globe. One can be observed near the Statue of Liberty, one can be found at Disneyland in Los Angeles, and another is located at the Oishi Park in Yamanashi, Japan.
This special piece, marked as Number 4, is proposed for sale by a private collector from Montreal in Canada, who has held it for the past 35 years.
The iron staircase will be revealed at Artcurial’s courtyard, at the round-point des Champs-Elysées, until the sale day. Bidders can also enroll to bid online.
In the year 2013, Artcurial sold a 3.5-meter section of the staircase in Auction for €220,000, and in the year 2016, another section was auctioned for €523,800, 10 times its pre-sale estimate, according to the auction house.