Guggenheim’s 18 Karat Golden Toilet Opens Today

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How long would you wait to take a turn on a golden commode?

Fox News reports that at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, patrons are now welcome to utilize a fully-functioning toilet made entirely from 18 karat gold.

The modern masterpiece was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan as a nod to Marcel Duchamp’s seminal work “Fountain.” But Cattelan’s work can actually be used by the public—and is meant to highlight what the museum describes as Americans’ increasing obsession with wealth and excess.

“Cattelan’s toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market, but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all, its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity,” the Guggenheim announced in a press release.

Fox News reports that even though it’s hooked up to the museum’s regular plumbing system, this golden throne is no ordinary potty. The precious metal requires cleaning crews to use medical wipes instead of industrial strength chemicals. It will be cleaned after each user and will also be periodically steamed and polished to retain its shine.

With the price of gold currently hovering just above $1,310 per ounce, the market value of this gilded potty is estimated to be between $1 million to $1.7 million.

Tickets to the museum cost $15.




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