A section of the first stairs that were used to climb the Eiffel Tower when it was inaugurated in 1889 was auctioned for 169,000 euros, which triples its starting price, the auction house Artcurial reported today.
The piece, bought by a collector from the Middle East, it had been priced between 40,000 and 60,000 euros, although one of the specialists of Artcurial in Art Déco, Cécile Tajan, had told Efe that it was "probable" that in its sale, which took place last night, a much higher price would be reached.
In a bid in 2016 for the staircase number 13, which was smaller, it multiplied by 10 the initial estimate, reaching 523,000 euros. And in 2013, the auction house awarded another section for 220,000 euros.
4.3 meters high and composed of 25 steps, the piece auctioned now is section 4 of the historic helical stairs that connected the second floor of the tower with the third.
The installation for security reasons of an elevator between these two last floors of the tower in 1983 forced to dismantle the stairs, which were divided into 24 parts between 2 and 9 meters high.
One of them is currently preserved on the first floor of the monument and another three in French museums: the Parisians of Orsay and La Villette and El Hierro History of Nancy (northeast).
The rest were auctioned the same year they were withdrawn. Some are exhibited in various parts of the world, such as the Yoishii Foundation in Yamanashi (Japan), the Statue of Liberty in New York (USA) or Disneyland Park in Orlando (USA).
The section number 4 of the stairs, which was exposed to the public for 20 days before going on sale, was one of those that were already auctioned in 1983 in Paris and was later acquired by a Canadian collector, who has been the owner until now.
Built by Gustave Eiffel on the occasion of the Universal Exposition of 1889 in Paris, its tower was a technical feat for the architecture of the time and the highest monument until 1930, when it was surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York. EFE