An 18-karat strong gold toilet worth much more than $1 million was stolen early Saturday morning from a British palace that was the birthplace of Winston Churchill, police stated.
The Thames Valley Police division stated it received a get in touch with about the burglary at the Blenheim Palace just just before five a.m.
A 66-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection to the crime but authorities have not positioned the toilet, an artwork titled “America.”
Detective Inspector Jess Milne stated in a statement on the department’s web-site that police think a “group of offenders” was involved and made use of “at least two autos” to escape.
“The artwork has not been recovered at this time but we are conducting a thorough investigation to uncover it and bring these accountable to justice,” Milne stated.
The toilet, which Blenheim Palace stated was totally functional and open to the public to use, is a piece of artwork made by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. According to NBC New York, it is estimated to be worth much more than $1 million.
Inspector Milne stated simply because the toilet operates there was “substantial harm and flooding” due to its becoming forcibly removed.
Cattelan’s perform has been on show at the palace considering that Thursday, and the exhibition will stay till Oct. 27. It is the artist’s initially solo exhibition in the United Kingdom in 20 years, according to the palace.
“We are saddened by this extraordinary occasion, but also relieved no-1 was hurt,” the palace stated in a statement Saturday on Twitter.
“We knew there was large interest in the Maurizio Cattelan modern art exhibition, with numerous set to come and delight in the installations. It is for that reason a wonderful shame an item so valuable has been taken, but we nevertheless have so numerous fascinating treasures in the Palace and the remaining products of the exhibition to share,” the statement continued.
Cattelan did not right away return NBC News’ request for comment.
The artist’s ‘America’ toilet was described by the Guggenheim Museum as a “bold, irreverent perform.” Inviting the public to use it tends to make readily available “an extravagant luxury solution seemingly intended for the 1 %…its utility in the end reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity,” the museum stated in its create-up of its 2011-12 retrospective of Cattelan’s perform.
According to The Washington Post, the toilet could have been housed in the White Residence soon after the Guggenheim Museum presented it to President Donald Trump and Melania Trump. The couple requested a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, but had been told that the painting they wanted, “Landscape With Snow” was “prohibited from travel except for the rarest occasions.”