LONDON: 4 males have been charged over the theft of an 18-carat golden bathroom from a palace in southern England, the place it was stored as an artwork exhibit earlier than being stolen in an early morning heist in 2019, prosecutors mentioned on Monday (Nov 6).
The absolutely functioning bathroom, valued at US$5.9 million, was a part of an exhibition by an Italian conceptual artist at Blenheim Palace, which is a serious vacationer attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) mentioned James Sheen, 39, was charged with one depend of housebreaking and two counts regarding the switch of prison property.
Three others – Michael Jones, Fred Doe and Bora Guccuk, additionally of their 30s – have been additionally charged.
Police had mentioned on the time of the theft that burglars broke into the palace with two automobiles and took the bathroom someday earlier than 5 am.
TOILET ART CALLED “AMERICA”
It was not instantly clear if the bathroom, named “America,” had been recovered and authorities had no speedy touch upon its standing.
Blenheim Palace, the birthplace and ancestral dwelling of British wartime leader Winston Churchill, mentioned in 2019 it was saddened by the lack of the bathroom, which had additionally been on show beforehand at New York’s Guggenheim Museum.
The 4 males will seem in court docket on Nov 28.