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Books, photos, objects…

Thursday 8 June 2006

Modified the 04/05/18

Public auction of Eiffel Tower memorabilia: books, photos, objects…

Monday, June 26, 2006 - Auction hours : 6 - 10 pm
Auction items on display from 9:30am to 4pm
In the room Salle Gustave Eiffel on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower
Use North Pillar entrance

Two Parisian booksellers* have put together an important collection of about 500 lots, all connected to the Eiffel Tower, to Gustave Eiffel and to the World Fairs.

These works, photos, engravings, objects and newspapers, dating essentially from the construction of the Eiffel Tower up to the 1930s, will be auctioned on Monday, June 26th on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower by Mr. Pierre Cornette of Saint Cyr, in association with the SOCIÉTÉ D'EXPLOITATION DE LA TOUR EIFFEL chaired by Jean-Bernard Bros (Deputy Mayor of Paris).

Important publications such as "The 300-Meter Tower" by Gustave Eiffel or "Thirty-Six Panoramas of the Eiffel Tower" illustrated by Henri Rivière will be up for auction alongside rare turn-of-the-century publications, guides, catalogs, reviews and newspapers.Old posters, photos of the construction of the monument, and even an original lithography (extremely rare, a numbered, 1925 edition dedicated to Robert Delaunay) will be proposed to buyers. Finally, numerous objects inspired by the Tower such as scale models, games, clocks and other souvenirs which should delight amateurs and collectors alike, whether French citizens or foreigners.

It is the first time the Eiffel Tower has organized such an auction. In December, 1983, 20 sections of the helical stairway that originally connected the 2nd floor to the top of the monument were sold to the public: a true international success.

Purchasable Items :

  • close to 60 books about or by Gustave Eiffel
  • about fifty publications, brochures, guides, illustrated books and newspapers on the Eiffel Tower
  • one hundred images, posters and original photos of the Eiffel Tower
  • 80 books on the World Fairs held between 1851 and 1937
  • 90 porcelain, earthenware, glass and metal objects of the Eiffel Tower, as well as jewelry boxes, clocks, games and toys.

*Véronique Delvaux (Léonce Laget Bookshop) and Jean-Bernard Gillot (Alain Brieux Bookshop)

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