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Eiffel Tower staircase fragment fetches half a million euros 艾菲爾鐵塔部分階梯 售得五十萬歐元

Right: Sheep are herded in front of the Eiffel Tower during a shepherds’ and national forestry workers’ demonstration in Paris, France, on Nov. 13, 2008.


A piece of the original staircase of the Eiffel Tower sold for 553,000 euros (NT$ 23,748,000), 10 times its estimated price, in a Paris auction last month.

The 2.7m high chunk, the third of its kind sold in a year, went to a private US buyer after a tense battle between him and another interested party who both placed bids by phone, said Sotheby’s auctioneers.

The spiral section was part of the flight leading from the second to the third levels of the tower. It was scaled by Gustav Eiffel himself at the inauguration in 1889, when the lift was not yet in service.

Some descendents of Eiffel were present at the auction.

“What we are selling is a symbol,” said Cecile Verdier of Sotheby’s Paris.

“It’s more than an object, it’s a piece of Paris — of the Eiffel Tower and that’s the stuff of dreams.”(AFP)








1. auction n.

拍賣 (pai1 mai4)

: Kelvin bought his car at a vehicle auction.


2. tense adj.

緊繃的 (jin3 beng1 de5)

例: The atmosphere in the meeting was very tense.


3. inauguration n.

落成 (lou4 cheng2),就職典禮 (jiu4 zhi2 dian2 li3)

例: People queued overnight for tickets to the presidential inauguration.


4. descendent n.

後裔 (hou4 yi4)

例: Julio is a descendent of a famous nineteenth century author.


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