Solid Gold Toilet At UK Palace...

Solid Gold Toilet At UK Palace Will Be Open To Public

Michael Staines
Michael Staines

12:06 PM - 3 May 2019



A solid-gold toilet is to be installed at the ancestral home of former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill this autumn.

The 18-karat gold toilet will be set up adjacent to the room where Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace – and will be open to visitors in need of a ‘comfort break.’

The throne is part of an exhibition of the works of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan – best-known for his satirical sculptures that take aim at society, power and authority.

Guggenheim Museum Golden toilet The 18-karat gold 'America' toilet at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, 16-09-2016. Image: Christina Horsten/DPA/PA Images

He created the piece, entitle ‘America’ in 2016 and it has been on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in recent years.

Around 100,000 people attended the museum see it - queuing for about two hours before being allowed in one at a time.

The Blenheim Art Foundation said the installation, “can be seen as a witty comment on the social, political and economic disparities; an extravagantly luxurious object made available for public use.”

Blenheim Palace Gold Toilet General view of Blenheim Palace, 14-09-2017. Image: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/PA Images

The foundation’s founder Edward Spencer-Churchill said the experience will be a novelty - even for him.

"Despite being born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I have never had a s***on a golden toilet," he told The Guardian.

He said the foundation has yet to decide how long each visitor will be allowed to spend on the toilet.

"We'd like people to enjoy their time in there without giving them too much time, if that makes sense," he said.



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