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Own a piece of Paris: Eiffel Tower stairs, other artifacts up for auction
The 40-step section of stairs from the Paris landmark is is just one piece of the original staircase and is expected to fetch €60,000 to €80,000. The Tower's steps were removed during a renovation in 1983, cut into 24 parts, and sold to collectors around the world. Since then, they've been on the auction block only a few times, most recently in 2007 and 2008. The company that manages the Eiffel Tower oversees each auction and apparently, they don't want pieces of the Tower changing hands too often.
I couldn't find much information on how to get in on the auction action. But chances are, if you've got the cash to drop on stairs from the Eiffel Tower, you've also got connections that can get you in.
The auction is part of the celebration of Paris' 120-year anniversary, which took place this year. Other events scheduled throughout the year included special fireworks displays and exhibits of photos that chronicled the history of the structure.