A solid gold working toilet – known as America, which visitors have been allowed to use in the past – has been stolen from Blenheim Palace.
According to Thames Valley Police, a gang broke in earlier last month (September) and made off with the piece of art, which had previously been on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the BBC reports.
It was at the Palace as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, with visitors able to use the throne.
Det Insp Jess Milne said: “The piece of art that has been stolen is a high-value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace. We believe a group of offenders used at least two vehicles during the offence.”
According to the Guardian, two men have now been arrested over the theft of the 18-ct toilet, which is valued at £4.8 million. A 66-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of burglary and released on bail, while a 36-year-old held on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle before being released under investigation.
The theft caused significant damage and flooding to the palace because it had been plumbed in and ready for use.
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