Guggenheim museum reportedly offered the White House a golden toilet

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However Nancy Spector, chief curator at the Guggenheim - the NY museum which housed the work - was said to have rejected the request and made a counter-offer.

Trump and first lady Melania had asked to borrow a Van Gogh painting from the museum, but the Guggenheim responded that it could not accommodate the request and offered the toilet instead, according to The Washington Post.

The toilet, instead, was offered up.

"America", an 18-karat, solid gold toilet (that functions!) was offered to the Trumps by email, according to media reports.

Rather than suggest another painting from its collection, the museum proposed something quite different: "Fortuitously", Spector wrote in an email obtained by the Post, "America" was available after being "installed in one of our public restrooms for all to use in a wonderful act of generosity".

The Washington Post notes the cost to create the work of art is over $1 million.

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But in a blog post previous year about the exhibit, Spector made clear she viewed the piece as anti-Trump.

But the president is also a well-known germophobe, and it's an open question whether he would accept a previously used toilet, 18-karat or otherwise.

The toilet is titled "America". "Whatever you eat, a two-hundred-dollar lunch or a two-dollar hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise", he said.

If the Trumps want a Van Gogh, they should go buy one for themselves.

"When the sculpture came off view on September 15, Trump had been in office for 238 days, a term marked by scandal and defined by the deliberate rollback of countless civil liberties, in addition to climate-change denial that puts our planet in peril", Spector wrote in the August 17 post. She described his term as having been "marked by scandal and defined by the deliberate roll back of countless civil liberties, in addition to climate change denial that puts our planet in peril".

The White House wrote to the museum in September, asking to borrow Vincent Van Gogh's stunning piece, "Landscape With Snow", for the Trumps' private quarters.

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