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Thieves in love with 18-crat trash
Look! They stole the (gold) WC


Trash lovers are served. America, Maurizio Cattelan’s 18-carat solid gold WC, is still an object of debate. After leaving the temple of contemporary art, such as the New York Solomon Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the gold toilet crossed the Atlantic and arrived to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. However, this is not a building like so many others. Because the Italian artist, an excellent communicator as well as a rebellious bad boy who is always perpetuating the stereotype of the desecrator, is certainly not the kind of man who is easily satisfied. His golden water closet was in fact installed in the bathroom of the baroque palace where Sir Winston Churchill was born. In addition, similarly to what was granted to their 100k US cousins, the subjects of her Majesty the Queen were also allowed to close themselves in this sumptuous bathroom for three minutes and do their business. This is almost like flushing history down the toilet: the thrill seems to be guaranteed, especially now that Brexit is so topical.

The first to enjoy this exciting experience was Edward Spencer-Churchill, Duke of Marlborough and founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation. He is the one who manages the exhibition program of the mansion. “Despite being born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I have never s.h.i.t. on a golden toilet, so I look forward to it,” he said enthusiastically but not really aristocratically. I wonder if he had the time to fulfill such an edifying desire. In fact, after a few days his toy was gone. One night, the world’s most famous toilet was stolen. One certainly has to be a great professional to succeed in uninstalling a 103 kilo toilet and loading it on a van without a trace. Indeed, this is quite hard to believe. At first, one thinks of a piece of fake news, or of a crime movie in which instead of the Koh-i-Noor, thieves steal a WC – a 5 million pounds WC, but still a WC. Today even criminals are no longer refined as they used to be. On whose behalf did they steal it? “Elementary, my dear Watson”, Sherlock Holmes would answer.

Lorella Pagnucco Salvemini


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