How you can own a piece of the Eiffel Tower

Few things emblemize Europe as well as the Eiffel Tower. The iconic structure is visited by, I imagine, hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, if not more. When I look at the Eiffel tower, I see crowds, over-priced souvenirs and the chance to pay a ridiculous price just to be stuffed into an elevator. But I’m a cynic — I’m sure others look at the Eiffel Tower and see the glory of France.

And if you’re one of those people, here’s your chance to own a piece of the Eiffel Tower: French auction house Drouot is auctioning off a section of the original staircase that has since been replaced with the aforementioned elevators. The 15-foot, 1,543-lb structure is expected to fetch about 30,000 euros.