Four in court over Blenheim Palace gold toilet theft

Four in court over Blenheim Palace gold toilet theft

By Alipate Narawa
Wednesday 29/11/2023
Photo: BBC

Four men have appeared in court charged over the theft of an 18-carat gold toilet from Blenheim Palace.

The USD$6M lavatory was stolen from the stately home in Oxfordshire early on 14 September 2019.

All four defendants were granted unconditional bail when they appeared before Oxford Magistrates' Court.

The 18-carat golden toilet was fully functioning

Entitled America, the toilet was part of an exhibition by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan and valued at $6m.

The loo could be used for its intended purpose, with a three-minute time limit to avoid queues.

It had only been on show for two days when it disappeared.

As it was plumbed in at the time, its removal caused flooding and damage to the 18th Century stately home in Woodstock.

The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Source: BBC

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