The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the most famous and iconic sculptures in the world today. Its beauty and fame as one of the Seven Wonders of the World have won millions of admirers from across the world, who never miss a chance to visit this monumental structure. Hence it is no wonder that memorabilia related to this structure generated a lot of interest at the recent Paris memorabilia auction held by famed French auction house Drouot. Featured in this auction was a section of the original staircase of the Eiffel Tower. The forty painted iron steps managed to fetch a final winning bid of Euro 105,400 ($154,380), much above its estimated price of Euro 50,000 ($72,770) – Euro 60,000 ($87,310).
According to the auction organizers, Gustave Eiffel himself climbed this flight of stairs during the 1889 inauguration of the monument to plant the French flag atop the tower.
Besides the historic flight of stairs, a pair of benches from the Paris Metro dating to the late 19th or early 20th century fetched Euro 22,320 ($32,475) while a hexagonal wooden newspaper kiosk sold for Euro 14,260 ($20,750). The auction dubbed “Paris Mon Amour” brought Euro 256,912 ($373,780).