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$5 Million 18-Karat Gold Toilet Stolen From Winston Churchill’s Childhood Home

$5 Million 18-Karat Gold Toilet Stolen From Winston Churchill’s Childhood Home

Daily UK Life 2019

Thieves broke into Britain’s Blenheim Palace and stole a fully functional 18-carat gold toilet this past Saturday night (September 14, 2019).

Police said that is had been installed as an art exhibit at the stately home 60 miles west of London.

The golden commode, named “America”, is valued at more than $5 million and was part of an exhibition that opened two days ago.

Burglars with at least two vehicles broke into the palace, the birthplace to World War II leader Winston Churchill, and removed the toilet sometime before five o’clock early Saturday morning, causing significant damage and flooding.

Officers arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with the theft but had not recovered the artwork.

Daily UK Life 2019
“America”, a fully-working solid gold toilet, created by Maurizio Cattelan, is seen at Benheim Palace on September 12, 2019 in Woodstock, England. The artwork is still missing following what police believe to be a burglary on September 14, in which the toilet, valued by some at ¬£4.8million, was taken. In 1996, Cattelan famously stole the entire contents of one of his own exhibitions in Amsterdam but has strongly denied any involvement with this latest theft. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Blenheim Palace said on Twitter it was saddened by the loss of the “precious” artwork, and it is said that the rest of the exhibition would reopen Sunday.

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The toilet was previously on display in a cubicle in New York’s Guggenheim Museum, where more than 100,000 visitors were able to use it.

At the time, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump turned down an offer from the museum to temporarily install the toilet for his personal use in the White House.

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