4 Men Charged After Golden Toilet From Winston Churchill's Birthplace Was Stolen

The fully functional toilet is a piece or art titled "America" by artist Maurizio Cattelan

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Golden toilet

Four men were charged in connection with the theft of a valuable golden toilet from the palace where Winston Churchill was born, the Crown Prosecution Service announced in a release.

The 18-carat toilet is worth the equivalent of nearly $6 million, the CPS says, and was stolen from Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England in 2019.

The toilet is a sculpture created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, created in 2016 and titled “America.” It is fully functional and had been installed in the bathroom formerly used by Churchill, on loan from the Guggenheim Museum, according to Artnet.

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Golden toilet

The toilet has not been found, the Associated Press reports.

The four men charged are James Sheen, 39, Michael Jones, 38, Fred Doe, 35, and Bora Guccuk, 39, the CPS says.

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Sheen is charged with burglary, conspiracy to transfer criminal property and transferring criminal property. Jones is charged with burglary, while Doe and Guccuk are charged with conspiracy to transfer criminal property.

It is not immediately clear if any have entered a plea or retained counsel. They will appear in court Nov. 28.

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