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Eiffel Tower steps, up for grabs!

world Updated: Dec 11, 2009 18:33 IST

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Eiffel TowerA Paris auction will see some historic articles from the city, including 40 iron steps from the Eiffel Tower, a lamp post and park bench, going under the hammer.

The auction titled, "Paris Mon Amour," will be held at the renowned French house Drouot.

"I have been thinking for many years about organizing an auction concerning Paris," the Telegraph quoted Christophe Lucien, who put the sale of the 301 items together, as saying.

The idea of an auction was generated when authorities at Nogent-sur-Marne, east of the city, asked Lucien to sell the part of Eiffel Tower staircase, bought by the town in a 1983 auction.

Lucien said: "I thought that was the perfect opportunity ... because there is nothing more symbolic of Paris than a staircase from the Eiffel Tower.

"I just spread the word among my clients, and everybody started to pull out objects related to Paris from their draws, cupboards ... In almost every French family there are some souvenirs of Paris".

Lucien says Gustave Eiffel had climbed the painted iron stairs, which linked the third and fourth floors of the tower to plant the French flag, when the monument was inaugurated in 1889. The stairs are expected to fetch 73,500 dollars to 88.200dollars. The buyer would also bear the cost of the steps’ dismantling.

A piece of glass broken during the 1987 construction of the glass pyramid at Louvre Museum, along with a snap, is estimated to sell for anything between 735dollars to 1,470dollars.