Solid Gold Toilet Worth $6 Million Stolen From the Blenheim Palace

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Solid Gold Toilet Worth $6 Million Stolen From the Blenheim Palace


Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history, is popular for being the home of many high-respected personalities in Britain. Aside from that, this is the place where an 18-karat solid gold toilet, called “America,” resides. The fully-functional golden toilet was created by Maurizio Cattelan, an Italian artist, and was previously located at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 


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The museum-goers were allowed to use the golden toilet for three minutes. The interactive display was then exhibited at Blenheim Palace, however, it didn’t last long. According to an article by All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the golden toilet worth $6 million was stolen. In an interview, Blenheim Palace CEO Dominic Hare stated that the incident was ironic. This is because two days after the toilet, which is incredibly precious and elite, was made accessible, it was snatched away.


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Cattelan thought that the heist was a ridiculous prank when he was first informed about it. “Who’s so stupid to steal a toilet? I had forgotten for a second that it was made out of gold,” he said. Meanwhile, Hare has acknowledged the risk that the curators had taken with displaying an extravagant yet accessible piece. “You always take a risk in showing art. The safest thing to do with art, I suppose, is to put it in a strongroom and lock the door…. We think that risk is worth taking,” he added.


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It has been reported that there’s a possibility that the golden toilet will be melted so the thieves can cash in on its raw form. Peter Pienta, a precious metals dealer, stated that this is possible. “That is a very, very valuable toilet. If they had a refinery or gold smelting equipment ready, it could be melted into gold bars in days and there would be no way to trace them. They could really go into any place that would buy a bullion,” he said. 



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