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September 28 2019
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America, 2016, a solid-gold toilet by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan that visitors to Blenheim Palace were invited to use.

When the artist Maurizio Cattelan heard that his solid-gold toilet, valued by some at nearly $6 million, had been ripped from the floor and stolen from the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, he reacted much the same as you would if your $6 million solid-gold toilet had been ripped from the floor and stolen from the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill: with a sort of stunned whimsy.

“I thought it was a prank and it took me a while, after a few checks, to come to the conclusion that it was true and it wasn’t a surreal movie where instead of the jewels of the crown, the thieves went away with a bloody toilet,” Cattelan said in a statement, adding, “I always liked heist movies and finally I’m in one of them. Are the thieves of this work the real artists?”

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