PARIS – A French auction house announced on Wednesday a segment of the iconic Parisian Eiffel Tower staircase dated from 1889 sold for 169,000 euros ($191,000).
When the Artcurial auction house announced it was putting a fragment of the original lattice tower staircase under the hammer, it estimated it would sell for between 40,000-60,000 euros. The final sale price tripled the seller’s projections.
Artcurial explained in the sales’ catalog that in 1983 a lift was installed between the last two floors of the Eiffel Tower resulting in the disassembly of the spiral staircase which was severed into 24 sections, all between 2-9 meters (6.5-29.5 feet) tall.
Following the disassembly of the stairwell, 20 sections were auctioned in Dec. 1983, three were donated to French museums and one remained on the first floor of the tower, the auction house added.
The segment sold Wednesday to a Middle Eastern patron was 4.3 meters tall with 25 steps.
The Eiffel Tower was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel for the Paris 1889 World’s Fair.