London, Sept (SF) .- The 18-carat gold toilet that was part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was stolen this Saturday morning from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, the stately home where the former prime minister Winston Churchill was born.
The event occurred just two days after the exhibition “Victory is not an option” opened to the public and forced the closure of the place because it was fully operational.
“Because the toilet is connected to the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding, detective inspector Jess Milne said in a statement, adding:” We believe that a group of criminals used at least two vehicles during the crime. The work of art has not been recovered at this time, but we are conducting a thorough investigation to find it and bring those responsible to justice. ”
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.
— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) September 14, 2019
According to a spokesman for the Blenheim Palace, Cattelan values the toilet, titled “America,” at more than $ 5 million.
Thames Valley police received a report of the theft of the toilet at 4:57 a.m. of this Saturday. The thieves left the scene at approximately 4:50 a.m., according to a statement posted online. A 66-year-old man was arrested in connection with the robbery.
In the Blenheim Palace the bathroom was installed in a room next to which Churchill was born. A statement announcing the exhibition detailed that the work could be perceived as a commentary on social, political and economic disparities in the United States.
The toilet should remain on display until October 27.