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UK man pleads guilty to stealing $6mn-worth gold toilet

20:13, April 5

A man in the United Kingdom (UK) has pleaded guilty to stealing a toilet made entirely of 18-karat gold and worth more than $6 million from the home where Winston Churchill was born.

James Sheen, 39, pleaded guilty to burglary at Oxford Crown Court, PA Media reported, citing the Crown Prosecution Service.

A fully functioning toilet was installed at Blenheim Palace in 2019 as part of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan's exhibition Victory is Not an Option.

An unusual piece of art entitled "America" was stolen in September 2019, just days after the exhibition opened. It was connected to the building, so the theft also resulted in significant damage and flooding, police said at the time.

Sheen appeared in court via video link from Five Wells prison, where he is serving a 17-year sentence for various thefts. Among other things, he is serving time for stealing tractors and valuable trophies from the National Museum of Racing in Newmarket, worth a total of $503,000.


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