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Volkswagen Golf R Used To Steal Gold Toilet

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Thieves in the UK give us an amazing headline.

An 18-karat gold toilet was stolen from Blenheim Palace in the UK on September 14 at around 4.50 am, according to various newspaper reports. The toilet is a fully-functional art installation on display in a wood-paneled room at the 18th-century estate and birthplace of Winston Churchill in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. The toilet is worth around $5.9 million, and visitors could use the installation when visiting the historical building. The thieves ripped out the toilet, causing flooding as they did so. It's now believed that it was dropped in the back of a Golf R for the getaway.

via Tom Lindboe/ Blenheim Art Foundation

Police have arrested two people already, but believe two vehicles were used in the heist and have released pictures of a blue Golf R on cloned license plates. "The vehicle, a navy blue Volkswagen Golf R, remains outstanding, and I am appealing to anyone who recognizes it or may have seen it in or around Woodstock near the time of the incident," Detective Inspector Steven Jones told British TV. "Also, I would appeal to motorists with dashcam footage in the area to review it and check if their camera has captured anything significant, or this vehicle itself."

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via Thames Valley Police
via Thames Valley Police

The gold toilet was created by artist Maurizio Cattelan and called 'America.' It was originally plumbed in at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2016 where 100,000 people queued to use it.

The gold toilet was moved to Blenheim Palace for Cattelan's first solo UK show in decades and positioned in a chamber directly opposite the room where Winston Churchill was born. When asked about the theft, Cattalan said: "'America' was the one percent for the 99 percent, and I hope it still is. I want to be positive and think the robbery is a kind of Robin Hood-inspired action."

There is a reward of £100,000, around $122,000, being offered for its safe return.

via Volkswagen
via Volkswagen
via Volkswagen
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