Friday, November 02, 2007

Social Climber

Historic Parisian Stairway Goes Up For Auction

A piece of stairway from the Eiffel Tower is expected to fetch up to $30,000 at a Paris auction this month. The 4.5 metre-high segment, which weighs in at 700 kilograms, is part of stairs climbed in pre-elevator times by Gustave Eiffel on March 31, 1889, to hoist the French flag at an altitude of 300 metres. The entire staircase was auctioned in 1983.

FOOTNOTE: Climb-it change.

7 comments:

Hyderabad Daily Photo said...
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Hyderabad Daily Photo said...

I wonder why they auctioned it. It is sad to see historical things being sold.

Do you think seeing "his stairs" being sold, Eiffel would have gone "his-stairical"?

simon said...

Well, I have to say that, as an auctioneer, I find that very interesting!

The "iron lady" is a favorite of mine . I would not mind a piece of her...

Nap Warden said...

Climb-it change...very clever!

The Egel Nest said...

Alternate Footnote:

Piece of Stairway to Heaven purchased at auction...surviving members of Led Zepplin claim rights to royalties...

Suzi-k said...

you know, I have often commented on your posts, but I don't think I have ever mentioned how clever your footnotes and titles are, I really enjoy your punny way with words.

i beati said...

do you mind if I link up to your blog? I always am spellbound by your photos and the depth of interest in the stories, and funny twists. thanks sk