Solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace
Although it looks like the plot of a movie, it happened at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. A toilet completely made of 18-karat gold was stolen. Blenheim Palace was the birthplace of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The toilet was installed to be part of an exhibition entitled "Victory is not an option", however it was stolen two days later. The toilet is valued at 5 million dollars, and it is also an antique and collector's item. Immediately the palace closed the doors while what happened is investigated.
The robbery took place at 4:50 am, later the police were notified about the event at 4:57 am For this fact, a 66-year-old man was arrested for his alleged participation in the act.
“Because the toilet is connected to the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding… We believe that a group of criminals used at least two vehicles during the crime. The artwork has not been recovered at this time, but we are conducting a thorough investigation to find it and bring those responsible to justice” was the statement issued by Detective Jess Milne.
Meanwhile, the director of Blenheim Palace "After the statement of the Thames Valley Police we can confirm that 'America', Maurizio Cattelan's work of art, has been stolen in the early hours of this morning."
“We are saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved that no one was hurt. We are very grateful to our staff and to the Thames Valley Police for their quick and courageous reactions,” he added. "We knew there was great interest in Maurizio Cattelan's contemporary art exhibition, with many people ready to enjoy the installations". I finish the statement.
At the moment it is expected that the police will find a toilet completely made of gold that would not go unnoticed. Some people fear that Maurizio Cattelan's work will be destroyed with the intention that the gold will be used for sale.