Gold ToiletIn 2019, an audacious if somewhat cheeky robbery took place at Blenheim Palace. A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen from the magnificent home in UK where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born.
 
The toilet, valued at roughly £1 million ($1.25 million), was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, had only been installed two days earlier at Blenheim Palace after previously being shown to appreciative audiences at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
 
The theft comes after Edward Spencer-Churchill told The Times newspaper that the golden toilet would not be very easy to steal since it was connected to the palace’s plumbing. Because it had been connected to the palace’s plumbing system, police said the toilet’s removal caused “significant damage and flooding” to the building, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with valuable art and furniture.
 
Prior to the theft, visitors to the Cattelan exhibition could book a three-minute appointment to use the toilet. This had proved popular when the toilet was on display at the Guggenheim. The artist intended the golden toilet to be a pointed satire about excessive wealth.
 Gold Toilet
 
Maurizio Cattelan, solid gold toilet. 
Image provided by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  
Last year, the chief curator at the Guggenheim offered to lend the golden toilet to U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump when they asked to borrow a Van Gogh painting for their private White House quarters. 
 
Blenheim Palace
 
Blenheim Palace, the stately home in Oxfordshire, 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of London, is popular with visitors and is occasionally used for special events including fashion shows and art exhibits.