(artwork melted for metal)
A historical fact you might not know -
March 2006 ARTnews "If You Can't Sell It, Melt It" by Milton Esterow
"Thieves no longer steal something and try to get rid of it" O'Driscoll said "Those days are gone. They now steal items knowing how to dispose of them. Their outlet is a friendly, corrupt scrap-metal dealer who melts down the bronze. Once it's melted down, it cannot be recognized. the thieves and the metal dealers have their money, they don't see the items as beautiful works of art, they get maybe $10,000 or $12,000 for the melted stuff."
"After all what can you do with a hot two-ton Henry Moore bronze?"