Thames Valley Police confirmed that a gang made off with the golden loo during a burglary at the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill just before 5 am on September 14. A 66-year-old man has been arrested but the toilet has yet to be recovered.
Detective Inspector Jess Milne said: “The piece of art that has been stolen is a high value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace…We believe a group of offenders used at least two vehicles during the offence.” – Thames Valley Police
¨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. ¨ Said Blenheim Palace .
The toilet made headlines again in 2017, after US President Donald Trump’s White House emailed the Guggenheim asking to borrow Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 painting Landscape with Snow; instead, the institution’s curator offered the gold toilet.