Thieves Steal 18-Carat Gold Toilet Worth £1m From Blenheim Palace
A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of a £1 million solid gold toilet. Honestly, this is a thing that has happened.
The 18-carat bog was nicked at around 4.50am this morning from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where it was on display.
The palace, where visitors were able to spend a penny in the posh loo, was closed this morning due to 'unforeseen circumstances', while police have said the raid caused 'significant damage and flooding'.
Detective Inspector Jess Milne said: "The piece of art that has been stolen is a high value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace.
"Due to the toilet being plumbed into the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding.
"We believe a of group offenders used at least two vehicles during the offence.
"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.
"I am appealing to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area to contact police."
Police have said a 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft, but it's thought the toilet is yet to be recovered.
Designed by artist Maurizio Cattelan, the fully functioning artwork, titled 'America', has previously been displayed in the US - it is part of exhibition by the artist which is housed at the palace until next month.
The fancy toilet has proved to be a popular choice with art-lovers/those needing a slash, with visitors having to book a slot to check it out in advance, so you could say it's been flush with success... sorry.
Speaking ahead of its installation, founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation Edward Spencer-Churchill told The Times: "Despite being born with a silver spoon in my mouth I have never had a s*** on a golden toilet, so I look forward to it."
He also told the paper he didn't think the toilet needed a guard as it 'wouldn't be the easiest thing to nick'.
"Firstly, it's plumbed in," he said. "And secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate.
"So no, I don't plan to be guarding it."
Police are urging anyone with any information to get in touch by calling 101, quoting URN 273 (14/9).
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