Baku. 24 November. REPORT.AZ/ A section of stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris sold for more than half a million euros, said auctioneers on Wednesday- more than 10 times the pre-sale estimate.
Report informs citing the foreign media.
The 14 wrought-iron steps from a winding staircase between the second and third floors of the Paris landmark went for 523,800 euros ($556,000) after furious bidding at the sale in the French capital. Auction house Artcurial said the dramatic sale on Tuesday had “unleashed the passions” of several international buyers, with bids rising rapidly from 20,000 euros, leaving the 40,000 euro estimate far behind.
The prize eventually fell to a telephone bid from an Asian buyer.
The stairs date from 1889 when the legendary French engineer Gustave Eiffel built the 324-metre (1,063-foot) edifice as the centrepiece of the Paris Universal Exhibition.
Artcurial sold a larger 3.5-metre section of 19 steps for 220,000 euros in 2013.