A piece of Paris at home: a section of the Eiffel Tower staircase at auction
Artcurial has announced the auction on 1 December, as part of its Parisian Art Deco and Design sale.
The piece of the historic spiral staircase, built by Gustave Eiffel and his collaborators for the Universal Exhibition of 1889, could now be yours. Other segments have ended up in both the public sector (Paris’s Musée d’Orsay) and amongst private collectors, in the years following the dismantling of the staircase in 1983.
An elevator replaced the original staircase between the second and third floor of the iconic monument.
In 2016, a piece of the same original staircase went for 523,800 euros, far exceeding the original estimate. In 2013, another 3.5 metre high segment was sold for 220,000 euros in another Artcurial sale.
The section at auction, measuring 2.5 metres high, belonged to a Canadian collector. The international auction house based in Paris, Artcurial, values it between 30,000 and 40,000 euros.
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