Burglars have stolen a fully-functional 18-carat solid gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, where it had been installed as an art exhibit.
The toilet, valued at more than US$5 million, was part of an exhibition of work by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan which opened recently at the stately home 100 km west of London.
The toilet, named “America,” was previously on display in a cubicle at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, where more than 100,000 visitors were able to use it.
Thieves with at least two vehicles broke into the palace, the birthplace of World War Two leader Winston Churchill, and removed the toilet in the early hours of the morning last week, Thames Valley Police said.
“Due to the toilet being plumbed in to the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding,” Detective Inspector Jess Milne added in a public statement.
Police said they had arrested one 66-year-old man in connection with the theft, but had not recovered the artwork. Who knows, it might have been melted down already and turned into wedding rings.
Blenheim Palace said it was saddened by the loss of the “precious” artwork.
Last year, while the toilet was at the Guggenheim, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump turned down an offer from the museum to temporarily install the toilet for his personal use in the White House. He likely already has a golden throne, perhaps known as the “Tweet seat.”
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Harry Schneider- September 16, 2019 @ 13:14
what a shitty crime !