2 Dec 2012

Gold sculpture missing from warehouse

10:31 am on 2 December 2012

A solid gold sculpture by Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon has been stolen from Christie's warehouse in London.

"It looks like I am the last person to know," Gordon told The Guardian on Thursday. He learned of the theft two weeks after it was reported to police on 12 November.

The artist, who lives and works in Berlin, believes his artwork, which has an insurance value of £500,000, has been melted down for scrap.

"Apparently an employee randomly picked up the box it was in ... and discovered it was a bit light," Gordon said.

The BBC reports the 2007 sculpture, entitled The Left Hand and the Right Hand Have Abandoned One Another, is normally on display at the Paris gallery Yvon Lambert.

It was shown this summer at an exhibition organised by Christie's at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.

After the conclusion of the exhibition at the end of last month, the work was being held at Christie's Westminster storage facility, before travelling to Tel Aviv for a further exhibition in January.

Gordon, 45, won the Turner Prize in 1996. The BBC reports the sculpture is estimated to have a scrap value of approximately £250,000.