In a bizarre event, A lavatory was stolen from the Blenheim Palace, England, which was declared UNESCO Heritage site in 1987. Now, this was no ordinary toilet. The stolen item was made of 18 karat gold and estimated to be more than 6 million US dollars. The toilet is also known as the golden John, and it was recently put on public display at the Palace, which was the paternal house of British PM Winston Churchill on Thursday. The item mentioned is said to be stolen in the early hours of Saturday around 4 or 5 am. The thieves even damaged the palace as the loo was fully working, and it damaged a lot pipeline and flooded the palace, according to the Thames Valley Police Department. The Toilet was made by an Italian satirical sculptor Maurizio Cattelan.
Golden John was first unveiled in New York’s Guggenheim museum in 2016, and it was even offered to President of the United States as he wanted the museum to lend him a Van Gogh Painting. The Palace officials were so confident about it is not stolen that half brother of Duke of Marlborough’s Edward Spencer Churchill, said that “artwork would not be the easiest thing to nick.”Firstly it’s plumbed in, and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate. So I don’t plan to be guarding it.”
Mr. Dominic Hare, palace chief executive, also expressed his concern about the item by saying that he is scared that the opportunist thieves could destroy the fully-functioning masterpiece.”The police also arrested a 66-year-old man and held him in their custody, Investigating officer Detective inspector Jess Milne said “We are following a number of lines of inquiry and there will be a continued police presence in and around the area of Blenheim Palace while our investigation continues. We are making every effort to locate the offenders and the toilet that was stolen.”