Fault in Our Stars Bench in Amsterdam Goes Inexplicably Missing, May Have Been Stolen

Entertainment Jul. 2, 2014 AT 3:00PM
Fault In Our Stars The bench where Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort filmed a romantic scene for Fault in Our Stars has gone inexplicably missing from its home in Amsterdam Credit: James Bridges/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Somewhere, there's a Fault in Our Stars fan with a very big piece of movie history in his or her backyard. Officials in Amsterdam revealed earlier this week that a bench featured in the teen tearjerker has gone inexplicably missing in the weeks since the film's release in June.

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The green bench—where Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus (Ansel Elgort) shared a romantic kiss—used to sit on the Leidsegracht canal in the Dutch city. In its place now is a large flower pot.

"It's a bit embarrassing, because we do keep good track of them, but it's gone all right," city spokesman Stephan van der Hoek told the Associated Press, noting that fans have been asking about the bench's whereabouts.

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According to the AP, there are several suspects in the bench's disappearance, including Fault in Our Stars fans, vandals, and neighbors who may have been fed up with tourist traffic from couples looking to recreate movie magic. (The AP notes that maps showing FIOS filming locations have recently begun to circulate, and visitors have been inquiring about other significant spots.) 

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Assuming it's not returned, a new bench will be brought in to the same spot within weeks. As for the old bench? "Keep your eyes on eBay," van der Hoek quipped.

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