The Hand was stolen in London, while in the care of Christie’s, a renowned auction house. The artist has been reported as saying that he does not think it was an art theft and that the work was probably melted down. The sculpture went missing from a secure warehouse in the heart of London on or before November 12 but the auction house only informed the artist personally of its disappearance on November 29, more than two weeks after the crime was reported to the police. Scotland Yard confirmed it was investigating the “alleged theft.”
The Hand was created in 2007 and was shown in London this summer. Theft was discovered when the sculpture was due to be transported to Tel Aviv for another exhibition.