A Solid gold sculpture by the Turner Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon valued at £500,000 has been stolen from a Christie’s storage facility in London. The sculpture titled Left Hand and Right Hand Have Left One Another,Created in 2007, disappeared from Christie’s sometime on 28th November. It is made from solid gold, and has an insurance value of around £500,000 . The artist suspects it was taken for the scrap value of its metal, estimated to be around £250,000. “I don’t think this is an art theft,” Gordon said. “I’m pretty sure it has been melted down.” The artist told a reporter. A Christies’s spokesperson said: “This matter is under investigation and we are in contact with all parties involved. We cannot comment further.”
Douglas Gordon was the recipient of the 1996 Turner Prize, the 1997 Venice Biennial’s Premio 2000 award, the 1998 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the 2008 Roswitha Haftmann Prize, and the 2012 Käthe Kollwitz Prize. His work has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001); the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2006); “Timeline,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006, traveled to MALBA Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires through 2007); “Pretty much every word written, spoken, heard, overheard from 1989…,” the MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy (2006); “Superhumanatural,” the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2006); “Between Darkness and Light: Works 1989–2007,” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2007); “Blood, Sweat, Tears,” DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2009); Tate Britain, London (2010), and Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (2011) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Will open January 2013). Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival before screenings at numerous international venues. k.364 premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2010, and Henry Rebel: Drawing and Burning premiered at Art Basel’s Art Unlimited in 2012. Gordon lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow.