"Salesman Apprentice", The Man Who Sold Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars by the Seine River in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of France and one of the most famous structures in the world. The structure was built between 1887 and 1889. In 1880, the city of Paris hosted an expo in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.

More than 100 participants have submitted plans for the construction of a monument to be built in the Champ-de-Mars area in central France despite plans for the tower to be built in Barcelona. But despite the brief history of the tower, there is a very famous story involving the Eiffel Tower in 1900.


"The Count" is the title of a man named Victor Lustig. Lustig was born on January 4, 1890 in Austri-Hungary. The name Victor Lustig is quite popular in the early 1900's. Lustig is considered a normal person but has a great idea.

Lustig was originally a salesperson. He sold everything he could sell until eventually Lustig did something brave and unexpected when he wanted to sell the Eiffel tower not once, but twice.

As a child, Lustig was described as a master of all the magic involved with cards. From an early age, he was jailed for fraud. In several interviews in prison, he claimed to be the son of a mayor and a very wealthy man. But some people who know Lustig say he is just a child of a poor farmer.


When Lustig was tired of his small business, he decided to sell the Eiffel Tower. The effort started by creating a fake offer document. Lustig also had a good relationship with the government's fake document makers at the time.

In his offer, Lustig asked why the Eiffel Tower should be sold. To industry employers, he said the Eiffel Tower was a product that was misplaced and would be built on a new model.

"While the cost of care is very high and political issues cannot be discussed, the Eiffel Tower also suffered damage at the bottom and was required to be demolished to ensure its safety," said Lustig, quoted by the New York Times.

Lustig then asked the average businessman from the steel industry to bid at a high price. Then Lustig rented a room at the Hotel de Crillon, one of the most luxurious Hotels in Paris. At the Hotel the bargain was conducted in secret.

Lustig told them that the decision was made to receive the highest bid after the tower was demolished. The tower is estimated to have 7,000 tonnes of metal and the highest bidder will have it all.

Lustig then rented a Limousine to bring buyers to the Eiffel Tower area. Lustig does that to see which of your buyers are most likely to be fooled.

An entrepreneur who recently moved to Paris named Andre Poisson is also interested in buying the Eiffel Tower. When Poisson started to get interested and asked a few things, Lustig immediately focused on making Poisson his target.


Later, Poisson only realizes that he has been tricked by Lustig, but he does not dare to report Lustig to the police because Poisson once offered a bribe of $ 20,000 and an additional 50 thousand dollars to the counterfeit document if he succeeded in making a tender.

A few years later, Lustig again sold the Eiffel Tower, but this time it failed. The government through its secret agent succeeded in sniffing out Lustig's scams.


Lustig, who had left Paris and settled in New York, was finally arrested in 1934. Lustig was later sent to the federal Detention Center in New York. But Lustig managed to escape the building after disguising himself as a window cleaner.

Lustig slowly descends the building using his clothes that have been made into ropes. People in the past saw Lustig at the time thinking that he was a housekeeper and not a prisoner trying to escape.


27 days later, Lustig was arrested again in Pittsburgh and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Alcatraz. On March 9, 1947, Lustig or his real name Robert v Miller was diagnosed with pneumonia was pronounced dead two days later at the Inpatient Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri.


To the surprise of many, on Lustig's death certificate, the job section was written "Salesman Apprentice".

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