Police are working on a strategy to recover solid gold made entirely from 18-carat-gold "Dominic Hare", CEO of Blenheim Palace said that the artwork, titled "America," is valued at around $6 million. it was stolen Saturday morning from in Oxfordshire, England, the stately home where former prime minister Winston Churchill was born.
The fully functioning toilet was installed as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled "Victory is Not an Option," which only opened to the public on Thursday. The palace remained shut for the rest of the day.
Police at Thames Valley received a report of the toilet's theft at 4:57 a.m. Saturday morning. The thieves left the scene at about 4:50 a.m., according to a statement posted online. A 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft.
Detective Inspector Jess Milne said in the statement: "Due to the toilet being plumbed into the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding," adding, "We believe group offenders used at least two vehicles during the offense."
"The 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," Milne continued, appealing for any potential witnesses to contact police.
“Who’s so stupid to steal a toilet? America was the 1% for the 99%, and I hope it still is. I want to be positive and think the robbery is a kind of Robin Hood-inspired action..."— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) September 16, 2019
- Maurizio Cattelan#RIPgoldtoilethttps://t.co/Ol7x6CfGjF pic.twitter.com/4QLBuCbgZN