A solid 18-carat gold toilet, called ‘America’, has been stolen from Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill’s birthplace in Britain.
While The Telegraph reported that the unique solid gold toilet is valued at £4.8m (an estimated N1.7bn), CNN quoted a Blenheim Palace spokesperson as saying that the worth for ‘America’ is over $5 million (an estimated N1.8bn)
The theft is said to have happened in the early hours of Saturday at the monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, where the property had been installed as part of a contemporary art exhibition.
The piece of art, opened to the public for use on Thursday, was ripped off the ground, causing significant damage and flooding.
**OFFICIAL STATEMENT**— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) September 14, 2019
Following the Thames Valley Police statement we can confirm ‘America’, the art piece by Maurizio Cattelan has been stolen in the early hours of this morning.
We are saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no-one was hurt.
Jess Milne, a detective and spokesperson of the Thames Valley police, said a thorough investigation is being conducted to apprehend those involved in the theft and recover the piece of art.
“The piece of art that has been stolen is a high-value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace. 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,” he said.
If anyone knows or saw anything suspicious in connection with the event that may help us secure its return please contact Thames Valley Police.— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) September 14, 2019
“We confirm that ‘America’, the art piece by Maurizio Cattelan, has been stolen in the early hours of this morning. We are saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no one was hurt. We are very grateful to our staff and to Thames Valley Police for their rapid and brave reactions,” he said.
“We knew there was huge interest in the Maurizio Cattelan contemporary art exhibition, with many sets to come and enjoy the installations. It’s, therefore, a great shame an item so precious has been taken, but we still have so many fascinating treasures in the palace and the remaining items of the exhibition to share.”
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