Maurizio Cattelan’s solid 18 karat gold toilet worth around $5 million USD was stolen at the Blenheim Palace in the United Kingdom. The heist took place this past Saturday morning with reports claiming that a small group of thieves were responsible for removing the fully operating artwork entitled ‘America.’
Detective Inspector Jess Milne of the Thames Valley Police department expressed in a statement that a “group of offenders” were involved and used “at least two vehicles” to escape. A 66-year-old man is currently in custody, but the authorities have not yet been able to locate the gold toilet.
Cattelan’s ‘America’ first made its debut at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City back in 2016. The work is part of a solo exhibition called “Victory is Not an Option” of archival and new works by Cattelan. The exhibition is on view until October 27, visit Blenheim Art Foundation’s website to learn more.
Stay tuned for updates on the heist, and let us know your thoughts below. Elsewhere in art, Banksy’s ‘Devolved Parliament’ could become his most expensive artwork.
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