The Netflix show Emily in Paris has been the topic of discussion in most households in the last few weeks. The show clearly left many of us pining to be transported to the City of Love. While international travel may not be possible at the moment, thanks to COVID-19, there’s an even better offer on the horizon. You can now buy a part of the Eiffel Tower. Don’t believe us? Read on to know more! By Amitha Ameen

Paris, without a doubt, is on most of our wish-lists even if we have visited the city before. The City of Love doesn’t have to work hard to draw us to its many charms. Whether it’s the Parisian macarons, the sophisticated tea rooms, the abundance of art and culture, strolling on the world’s most beautiful avenues, ChampsÉlysées, or just admiring the iconic Eiffel Tower, the reasons to visit this beautiful city are countless.

 

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While COVID-19 may have put our travel plans on hold this year, Paris is offering something rather enchanting for wanderbugs. As part of an Art Deco and Design Sale, a segment of the original staircase from the Eiffel Tower will be auctioned on December 1, 2020 by Artcurial. Prior to elevators, the tower originally had a spiral staircase built by Gustave Eiffel. Once the elevator came into existence, the staircase was dismantled into 24 segments.

The French auction house announced the auction and its details through their social media channel. The staircase in question is nearly three metres in height and has 14 steps, originally connecting the second and third floors of the Eiffel Tower.

Previously in 2016, another part of the iconic monument, fondly known as the Iron Lady, was sold for almost half a million euros. This year, the sale is likely to reach anywhere between 30,000 to 40,000 euros (INR 26,38,200 – 35,17,600).

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