Last Monday at Drouot, Paris main auction room, a piece of Eiffel tower staircase was sold for 80,500 euros ($105,000). It’s 3 meters and a half high, 20-step section, 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.

The original 1911-step staircase leading up the tower was removed so that elevators could be installed. Gustave Eiffel himself climbed the staircase in the 1889 inaugural ceremony.



It may be the last piece available to the public, as the other 23 sections have already been bought by museums and collectors around the world.

The Eiffel Tower, visited by about 6 million people per year, was built for the 1889 World’s Fair that celebrated the centennial of the French Revolution. It was the tallest building in the world at the time of its construction.

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