Gold toilet stolen in Britain2019.09.23
A UNIQUE solid gold toilet that was part of an arts exhibit was stolen from the magnificent home in England (英國) where British wartime leader Winston Churchill (邱吉爾) was born.
The toilet, valued at roughly 1 million pounds (HK$9.7 million), was the work of Italian (意大利的) artist Maurizio Cattelan.
The artist intended the golden toilet, titled America, to be a pointed satire about excessive wealth. Cattelan has previously said: “Whatever you eat, a $200 (HK$1,566) lunch or a $2 hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise.”
It had been installed only two days earlier at Blenheim Palace, west of London (倫敦), after previously being shown to appreciative audiences at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (紐約).
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.
Police said the thieves used at least two vehicles. A 66-year-old man was arrested in the case.
Because it had been connected to the palace’s plumbing system, police said the toilet’s removal caused “signifi cant damage and fl ooding” to the building, a Unesco World Heritage site fi lled with valuable art and furniture.
The stately home in Oxfordshire, 105 kilometres west of London, is popular with visitors and is occasionally used for special events including fashion shows and art exhibits.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 23 September 2019)
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