Three Arrested for Theft of Cattelan's Gold Toilet From Blenheim Palace

  • October 17, 2019 23:59

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Installation view of Maurizio Cattelan's America (2016) at Blenheim Palace, 2019.
Photo by Tom Lin

Arrests have been made in the theft of an 18-karat solid gold toilet sculpture titled America -- part of a Maurizio Cattelan exhibition at Blenheim Palace in the UK -- that was stolen last month.

The burglary took place in an overnight heist at the 18th-century palace, known as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. Cattelan's sculpture was forcibly ripped from a lavatory where it was installed for the exhibit, according to reports. 

“A 35-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, all from Oxford, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit a burglary [in a building] other than a dwelling. They all remain in police custody,” a spokesman for the Thames Valley police stated.

A 66-year-old man was previously taken into custody, along with another man who was released. 

Detectives are still looking for the multimillion-dollar artwork, which is a functioning toilet.

Read more at Guardian


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