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Thieves steal $5 million gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace

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Burglars have stolen a fully functional 18-carat gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, where it had been installed as an art exhibit, police said on Saturday.

The toilet,
valued at more than $5 million, was part of an exhibition of work by Italian
conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan which opened two days ago at the stately
home 60 miles west of London, a major tourist attraction.

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

Thieves with
at least two vehicles broke into the palace, the birthplace of World War Two
leader Winston Churchill, and removed the toilet some time before 5 a.m.,
Thames Valley Police said.

“Due to the
toilet being plumbed into the building, this has caused significant damage and
flooding,” Detective Inspector Jess Milne added in a public statement.

Police said
they had arrested one 66-year-old man in connection with the theft but had not
recovered the artwork.

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

Last year,
while the toilet was at the Guggenheim, 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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