A 18-carat-gold working gold-toilet has been stolen from the Blenheim Palace on Saturday, informed the Thames Police. The Police said that a gang broke into the palace on Saturday 04:50 of British Standard Time and stole the artwork. The Police said that the theft cause flooding in the palace as the toilet was plumbed from its place. The Palace was hosting an exhibition by Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan from Thursday. The stolen artwork was a part of his art.
Issuing an official statement, the Blenheim palace which is a World Heritage site and also the birthplace of Winston Churchill requested that if people have seen anything suspicious then they can inform the Thames Police. It also informed that the incident caused the unavoidable situation in the palace and therefore the palace will be closed till lunchtime. The official statement also added: "We are very grateful to our staff and to Thames Valley Police for their rapid and brave reactions. We knew there was huge interest in the Maurizio Cattelan contemporary art exhibition, with many set to come and enjoy the installations. It’s, therefore, a great shame an item so precious has been taken, but we still have so many fascinating treasures in the Palace and the remaining items of the exhibition to share." Palace chief executive Dominic Hare was quoted saying by foreign media that he was "saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no-one was hurt."
**OFFICIAL STATEMENT**— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) September 14, 2019
Following the Thames Valley Police statement we can confirm ‘America’, the art piece by Maurizio Cattelan has been stolen in the early hours of this morning.
We are saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no-one was hurt.
The investigation continues, but it will be business as usual from tomorrow, so visitors can continue to come and experience all we have to offer.— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) September 14, 2019