BLEINHEIM Palace is shut after thieves reportedly broke in and stole a £1million solid gold toilet overnight.
Cops are investigating after the intruders broke into the Woodstock, Oxon, palace in the early hours of the morning.
Bleinheim is now closed today until 2pm “due to unforeseen circumstances” amid reports of the theft.
The fully-functioning 18-carat toilet went on display days ago – with viewers having to book a time slot in advance to see the popular installation.
It was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and proved popular when it went on display at the Guggenheim museum in New York in 2016.
The Duke of Marlborough’s half-brother and founder of the Blenheim Art Foundation Edward Spencer-Churchill previously told the Times: “Despite being born with a silver spoon in my mouth I have never had a s*** on a golden toilet, so I look forward to it.”
He also explained it “wouldn’t be the easiest thing to nick”, adding: “Firstly, it’s plumbed in and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate.
“So no, I don’t plan to be guarding it.”
Thames Valley Police confirmed they are investigating but there aren’t believed to be any arrests.
A police spokesperson said: “Thames Valley Police is investigating a burglary at Blenheim Palace which was reported at 4.57am today.
“Further details will be released in due course.”
While Blenheim Palace wrote on Twitter: “Due to an unforeseen incident at the Palace we are closed until lunchtime, the Park will remain open. Apologies for any inconvenience.
“Please note, the Palace will now be shut until 2pm. The coffee shop and gift shop will be open as normal. The 12 mile race will also still run.”
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Blenheim Palace, the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, is an English country house located Near Woodstock, in Oxfordshire.
The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722 and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
The palace is also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.
Following the palace’s completion, it became the home of the Churchill family for the next 300 years.