Want a piece of the Eiffel Tower?
Today the Paris auction house Artcurial is selling a 24-step chunk of the tower’s original staircase. The spiraling 13-foot-tall piece of metal was part of Gustave Eiffel’s design from 1889, leading from the second to third floor of the tower. The metal corkscrew was removed in 1983 when an elevator took its place. The staircase is now split into bits and pieces dispersed around the world. Bids for the staircase start at around $45,000, a small price to pay for architectural history.