A section of stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris sold for almost 170,000 euros on Tuesday, auctioneers announced.
Auction house Artcurial originally estimated the sale price to be between 40,000 and 60,000 euros. But in fact more than two dozen wrought-iron steps from the original spiral structure, from between the second and third floors of the Paris landmark, were sold to a Middle East collector for 169,000 euros ($190,000) after a bidding-war in the French capital.The auctioned item was part of a private Canadian collection, date from 1889 when the legendary French engineer Gustave Eiffel built the 324-metre edifice as the centrepiece of the Paris Universal Exhibition. The stairs were removed from the tower in 1983 to make way for a lift and cut into 24 sections, ranging from two to nine meters hight.
The item sold at auction
Other sections of this original staircase can be found in two Paris museums: the Musée d'Orsay and the Cité des sciences. There's also a section in eastern France, at the Musée de l'Histoire du Fer. Eiffel steps also are on display in the Yoishii Foundation gardens in Yamanashi in Japan and another near the Statue of Liberty in New York. Previously, two other parts were sold. In 2013, an original section measuring 3.5 meters went for €220,000 ($249,000). In 2016 another section went for €523,800 ($593,000).