Bonhams was set to sell Lagoon, a sculpture by Anthony Caro, for Peterborough Sculpture Trust in its 20th British Sculpture sale on March 9 when Georgina Adam of the Financial Times got a hold of the artist:
“They massacred the work,” Sir Anthony Caro told the Financial Times.[…] He also accused the trust of “trying to make a killing” on the sale; it was originally sold for £25,000, a favourable price because it was going into a trust. “I trusted them to look after it, but they didn’t,” he said.
Whether it was the artist’s complaints that moving the sculpture and adding feet to it were destructive or simply a matter of lack of interest isn’t known at this time. What is known is that the work failed to sell.
Row over the sale of Anthony Caro sculpture (Financial Times)