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Major sculpture lost in trash March 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.

An art storage company that apparently dumped a work by a prize-winning London sculptor in the trash now owes a lot of money.

A judge set damages at 350,000 pounds (almost $700,000) for the loss of Hole and Vessel II by Anish Kapoor, The Daily Telegraph reported. Fine Arts Logistics Ltd. argued that it owed only 600 pounds under its agreement with the owner of the sculpture. The work was probably thrown in the trash by mistake, the report said.

Kapoor won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1991, seven years after he created Hole and Vessel II, and the price of his work has escalated. The missing sculpture belonged to a collector, Ofir Scheps. Critics say that Hole and Vessel II is, or was, an important work from Kapoor’s transitional period. Justice Nigel Teare reserved judgment.

“It is not possible for me to describe it. One expert described it as sensuous and sexy, the other as clumsy and somewhat absurd,” Teare said.

Scheps paid 20,000 pounds (almost $40,000) in 2004 for the work and stored it, planning to send it to Kapoor’s studio for restoration work.

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