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Scottish artist, Douglas Gordon, who won a Turner Prize in 1996 and represented Britain at the 1997 Venice Biennale, was told Wednesday, November 28, that his solid gold sculpture, The Left Hand and the Right Hand Have Abandoned One Another (2007), had gone missing from Christie’s London. Worth approximately $800,000, Christie’s was unable to tell Gordon when the piece had disappeared from their warehouse or where it had gone.

The piece had been part of an exhibition curated by Michael Hue Williams and organized in part by Christie’s. Though Gordon owns the work, it was out on consignment when it disappeared and Williams is being held responsible for any information surrounding its disappearance.

Disconcertingly, Christie’s failed to notify Gordon of the work’s disappearance until two weeks after they realized it had gone missing. Christie’s confirmed that the sculpture was returned to its vault on May 24. On August 14 the work was transferred to a small box from its vault and sometime after that, an art handler or technician noticed that the box had no weight. Christie’s reported the work missing to officials on November 8, but a proper investigation did not begin until November 12.

Composed of nearly 9 pounds of gold, Gordon believes that his work was melted down, as it would be easier to sell that way, although the value would decrease. The Left Hand and the Right Hand Have Abandoned One Another was supposed to be prominently featured at an upcoming exhibition of Gordon’s work at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

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A Pennsylvania art collector filed a lawsuit this week against the owners of a shuttered Upper East Side gallery, accusing the couple of disappearing with $15 million worth of art from his collection.

Collector George Ball first enlisted married Manhattan art dealers R. Scott Cook and Soussan A.E. Cook as art advisors and dealers in the mid-1990s, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan’s federal court last week.

The Cooks, who owned the Cook Fine Art gallery on Madison Avenue near East 81st Street, housed and managed Ball’s multimillion-dollar collection for more than a decade without incident, the suit said. The Cooks kept the artwork at the gallery and in a unit at the New Yorker Storage Co. on the Upper West Side.

However, Ball became concerned last month when the Cooks allegedly failed to forward the proceeds from several works sold through Christie’s auction house in London, according to the complaint.

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