Thieves Loot $1.25 Million Gold Toilet from Blenheim Palace

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Thieves Loot $1.25 Million Gold Toilet from Blenheim Palace



A toilet is only valuable when you have "to go"—or when it's made of solid gold.

This is why thieves targeted a working gold toilet, created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, and stole it from Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom.

Thames Valley Police confirmed on Saturday that the $1 million golden throne was missing from the palace. "The piece of art that has been stolen is a high-value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace," Detective Inspector Jess Milne said in a statement, as per Time magazine.

Authorities said the burglars broke into Blenheim overnight and left the scene on Saturday morning around 4:50 a.m. BST. Police received a call seven minutes later about the burglary, which fortunately did not injure anyone.

Cattelan called his work "America," which was initially put on display in the Guggenheim in New York City, N.Y. in 2016. Time magazine says visitors can use the fully functioning toilet, which is made up of 18-karat gold. Display for the toilet at Blenheim Palace just opened on September 12 and was set to run until October 27.


Official Statement / Photo Credit: @BlenheimPalace on Twitter (via TIME)


In a statement posted on Twitter, the management of the Palace said they were "saddened" but also "relieved" that there was no injury. The official statement reads:

"Following the Thames Valley Police statement we can confirm ‘America’, the art piece by Maurizio Cattelan has been stolen in the early hours of this morning."

"We are saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no-one was hurt."

Inspector Richard Nicholls said in a press conference on Saturday that police arrested a 66-year-old man "in connection with this incident." He added investigators believe the thieves used two vehicles in executing the crime.

"Due to the toilet being plumbed into the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding," Detective Inspector Milne said in the police statement.

Time magazine says the artwork remains missing and that the investigation is still ongoing.


Inspector Richard Nicholls / Screenshot from: TIME




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