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Blenheim Palace: Golden toilet stolen from Churchill's birthplace



Written by Emily Dixon Augusta Anthony, CNN

A full 18-karat gold toilet was stolen from the Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, the mansion of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The fully functional toilet was installed as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled "Victory Is Not an Option", which was only made public on Thursday. The palace will be closed for the rest of the day, a spokesman said on Twitter .

The Thames Valley Police received a report on the theft of the toilet on Saturday morning at 16:57. The thieves left the scene at around 4:50 am following a statement published online. A 66-year-old man was arrested in connection with the theft.

Detective Inspector Jess Milne said in the statement, "Since the toilet was let into the building, it has caused significant damage and flooding." We believe that one perpetrator used at least two vehicles during the crime. "

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The toilet, titled "America," first appeared in the Guggenheim, New York, in 2016. It made headlines again in 2017 after US President Donald Trump's White House closed its doors E-mail to the Guggenheim had requested loan of Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Landscape with Snow" from 1888, instead, the curator of the institution offered the golden toilet.

In Blenheim Palace, the toilet was placed in a room next to the one in which Churchill was born The announcement of the exhibition said that the work as a commentary on the social, political and economic Unt different in the United States.

  The toilet was part of an exhibition by artist Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

The toilet was part of an exhibition by artist Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Credit: Pete Seaward

"His work can make us laugh and quake, with their bitter comments about the world we live in. I believe that he goes awry, stoicism and a fantastic vision are just what we need in these times of global change and insecurity, "said Edward Spencer-Churchill, Duke of Marlborough's current half-brother and founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation.

The toilet should be on display until October 27th.


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