'Fault in Our Stars' bench vanishes from Amsterdam

AFP Relax News

Fans of "The Fault in Our Stars" discovered that a canal-side bench in Amsterdam that's the site of a key scene in the romantic drama had gone missing as they traced a tour of movie-centric moments around the Dutch capital.

The disappearance went undetected by city authorities as the bench was swiftly replaced by a flowerpot, filling up the gap in street furniture.

"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 Hollywood Reporter, "keep your eyes on eBay," he remarked, with an eye on the seat's possible eventual destination.

The city was tipped off after film fans started making inquiries as to the missing bench's whereabouts.

Released in June, Josh Boone's adaptation of the John Green young adult novel stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the teens who meet at a cancer patients' support group in the US; the pair then visits Amsterdam to track down an elusive author.

As well as sitting on the canal-side bench, the two share a kiss in the attic of the Anne Frank House museum, though real tours of the attraction don't ascend into the loft space.

And while the bench was likely removed with intent, the flowerpot may have been an act of serendipity rather than deliberate decoy, Der Hoek said: neighbors often club together to improve their own environs.