Anish Kapoor Art in the Bin

An art collector of the Indian born British sculptor Anish Kapoor was recently awarded £350,000 in damages after an art storage company mistook a work for rubbish and threw it away.

Ofir Scheps left the 1984 sculpture “Hole and Vessel II” with Fine Art Logistics Ltd of London. Scheps paid £20,000 for the Anish Kapoor work in 2004, but the value of the artist’s work has increased dramatically in recent years.

£350,000 damages for ‘binned’ art
“It’s an important work in terms of what I was up to then. I only made seven or eight works that year and it’s a shame to lose one of them,” said the Indian-born artist, who won the Turner Prize in 1991. BBC

Art and rubbish seem have a lot in common. Tomoko Takahashi uses junk to make art, cleaners have mistaken art as rubbish, and art experts can mistake a plinth for a work of art.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. how terrible and so very lucky lol

  2. OH my, an art storage of all places LOL!

  3. Uggggg…that just turns my stomach. LOADS of artist’s make their art from what is known as “Junk”. I would think that people would appreciate art and make sure something is ok to be thrown away first. GEESH!

  4. Yikes. I feel for the guy. In high school, I accidentally left a watercolor painting that I’d done in the locker room overnight. Went back to find the next day and found out the janitor had thrown it away, assuming it was “just another piece of paper.”

    It must be even worse when you’re a famous artist whose work actually has value.

  5. such rubbish in the name of art ! glimpse of some real art worth looking at !

  6. hmm

  7. Anonymous says:

    shabnam ive just looked at your stuff a bit to flowerey for me however you are a good artist im sure monty don would love your stuff.

  8. I think that this is a lesson in who to choose for art storage. It happens everywhere. You should be careful of Cirkers right now in NYC. They’re selling their building to some developers. If you have works there, I would start now and verify that everything is accounted for.


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