Missing: Amsterdam Bench Featured in The Fault in Our Stars

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley

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updated 07/02/2014 AT 11:50 AM ET

originally published 07/01/2014 AT 10:35 AM ET

The city of Amsterdam isn’t quite sure whether to blame fate or human error, but a bench upon which the star-crossed teenage lovers talk and kiss in the hit film The Fault in Our Stars is missing.

The green bench that used to sit on the Leidsegracht resembles hundreds of others around the city, and its absence went unnoticed for at least a month – probably because someone placed a large flower pot on the spot.

Suspects in the disappearance include the city itself, which may have simply taken the old bench away for repairs, as well as neighbors unhappy with extra tourist traffic, vandals or even fans wanting to own a small piece of film history.

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley

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“It’s a bit embarrassing, because we do keep good track of them, but it’s gone all right,” said city spokesman Stephan van der Hoek.

He said Tuesday the bench will be replaced within weeks, depending on whether the city’s works department has a replacement in stock. He said fans of the movie visiting Amsterdam had begun asking where the bench was – perhaps because maps of significant sites from its 2013 filming have begun to circulate.


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