Giorgia Turchetti Editor of The DAA Daily The Pawprint
Blenheim Palace experienced a ‘Money Heist’ worthy moment last Saturday at around 4:57 am when a thief with peculiar taste decided to ignore all the inestimable crowns and jewels present in the palace and instead stole a toilet covered in gold.
The Palace in Oxfordshire, England, was home to Winston Churchill; former prime minister. This fully functioning toilet made of 18-carat-gold was designed by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and caused quite some damage to the palace after the offenders stole the piece. “Due to the toilet being plumbed into the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding,” said Detective Inspector Jess Milne.
The most ironic part is that Edward Spencer-Churchill, founder of Bleinheim Art, disregarded any possibility that the golden ‘Loo’ would be stolen during an interview in August and said “It’s not going to 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 no, I don’t plan to be guarding it.” which is comical considering the artist Cattelan himself even called the thiefs ‘great performers’ and addressed the situation with humor by saying, “Dear thieves, please, if you are reading this, let me know how much you like the piece and how it feels to pee on gold.”
Overall, the irony but gravity of the situation was noted by the police and although the artwork has not been recovered yet, they are working efficiently to solve the case. Hopefully the can get to the bottom of this mystery.