Part of the original spiral staircase of 1889, which connected the second and third floors for almost 100 years, will be exhibited at the Paris auction on November 27.
The ladder has a height of approximately 4.6 meters and consists of 25 ladders. Forged gray construction, covered with a special varnish, will be put up for sale through the Artcurial Paris auction house. The initial cost varies from 40 to 50 thousand euros.
In 1983, the original staircase was disassembled and divided into 24 sections to make room for the elevator. Sections range from two to nine meters in height. The auctioned part was a component of the staircase that connected the second and third floors of the tower.
Today, one of these sections is located on the first floor of the tower, three more sections were donated to French museums: Orsay, La Villette and the Museum of the History of Iron in Nancy. The remaining 20 sections were sold at auction in December 1983.
According to information from the auction, some segments can be seen in many prestigious locations around the world. One can be found near the Statue of Liberty, one is located in Disneyland (Los Angeles), another in Oishi Park (Yamanashi, Japan).
Specifically, this section, named as #4, was offered for sale by a private collector from Montreal (Canada), who has kept it for the past 35 years. In 2013, Artcurial sold the 3.5-meter section of the ladder for €220,000, and in 2016 another section for €523,800, ten times the pre-sale estimate.
Prior to the auction, the staircase will be displayed in the courtyard of Artcurial, on the Champs Elysées (Rond-point des Champs-Elysées).