News Agency Estimates Bathtub Is Worth Over $13,000

VILLEDIEU-LES-POELES, France (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning on installing copper bathtub reported to be worth more than $13,000 in his townhouse on the Upper East Side, according to a published report.

An Agence France-Presse report Monday said craftsmen at the Atelier du Cuivre in Normandy, France, spent 250 hours creating the custom-made tub for the mayor.

Copper workshop owner Etienne Dulin told the news agency the mayor asked for a nickel finish to give the bathtub a glossier effect. The bathtub was handmade from two 2mm-thick copper sheets, the agency reported.

While Dulin did not tell the agency the value of the tub, the agency reported that given the man hours involved, it would have cost at least $13,300.

Bloomberg, whose last term as mayor ends at the end of this year, is currently renovating his five-story townhouse valued at some $30 million at a reported cost of $1.7 million.

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