United Kingdom : Thieves have stolen one gold toilet made entirely from 18 carat gold said to be worth around $6 million. The toilet was stolen on Saturday morning from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, the stately home where former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was born.
The gold toilet was part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Victory is Not an Option”. The fully functioning toilet was opened for public view on Thursday. The art installation was titled “America”.
Thames valley Police received a report of the toilet’s theft at 4:57 am. Saturday morning. The thieves left the scene at about 4:50 am, according to a statement posted online. A 66 year old man has been arrested in connection with the theft.
Detective Inspector Jess Milne said in the statement, “Due to the toilet being plumbed into the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding,” adding “We believe a group of offenders used at least two vehicles during the offense.”
Investigation is being carried out to find what else has been stolen from the palace or whether the thieves were only interested in stealing the expensive art installation.