- The auction will take place in the spring
- The city believes it’ll raise close to $107,000
The popular tradition of attaching padlocks to the city’s bridges – as a symbol of true love – ended after the city council deemed it unsafe.
The idea was charming, but bridges were close to crumbling from the weight.
But the city didn’t want to destroy the souvenirs. So it’s come up with an inspiring solution: It’ll auction off the locks and the proceeds will help refugees.
After all, the popular Ponts des Arts bridge carried more than 700,000 locks at one point.
A romantic ritual
But while the idea was initially charming, the thrill wore off as sections of historical bridges started to crumble.
From bridges to pockets
But now, hopeless romantics worldwide may be able to pocket a bit of French history by buying the locks.
The auction will take place in the spring.