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France: Love don’t cost a thing? Tell that to the auctioneer of Paris’ ‘love locks’03:55

France: Love don’t cost a thing? Tell that to the auctioneer of Paris’ ‘love locks’

France, Paris
May 10, 2017 at 04:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

The world's first ever auction of Paris' 'love locks' - the padlocks fixed by amorous couples to iconic bridges in the French capital - opened on Tuesday.

"It is now kind of street art because it is made of love of people from all over the world" said auctioneer Collin du Bocage who expects the love locks to fetch between "100 euros" for the smallest pieces to "5000 to we don't know what" for the larger sections.

The padlocks were attached to the Pont des Arts bridge near the Louvre and Pont de l'Archevêché near Notre-Dame. Fifteen sections of the original Pont des Arts railings mounted on wood will be auctioned, with the longest stretching 3.2 metres.

The city of Paris began to remove the locks in 2015 and replaced the metal railings on the Pont des Arts with acrylic glass panels after a part of its parapet collapsed under the weight of the padlocks.

The funds raised by Credit Municipal de Paris auction house next Saturday, will be donated to three associations helping to accommodate migrants: Solipam, the Salvation Army and Emmaus Solidarite.

France: Love don’t cost a thing? Tell that to the auctioneer of Paris’ ‘love locks’03:55
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The world's first ever auction of Paris' 'love locks' - the padlocks fixed by amorous couples to iconic bridges in the French capital - opened on Tuesday.

"It is now kind of street art because it is made of love of people from all over the world" said auctioneer Collin du Bocage who expects the love locks to fetch between "100 euros" for the smallest pieces to "5000 to we don't know what" for the larger sections.

The padlocks were attached to the Pont des Arts bridge near the Louvre and Pont de l'Archevêché near Notre-Dame. Fifteen sections of the original Pont des Arts railings mounted on wood will be auctioned, with the longest stretching 3.2 metres.

The city of Paris began to remove the locks in 2015 and replaced the metal railings on the Pont des Arts with acrylic glass panels after a part of its parapet collapsed under the weight of the padlocks.

The funds raised by Credit Municipal de Paris auction house next Saturday, will be donated to three associations helping to accommodate migrants: Solipam, the Salvation Army and Emmaus Solidarite.

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