Henry Moore sculpture controversy

A statue by Yorkshire artist Henry Moore is causing controversy. It is at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, but is owned by Tower Hamlets Council. They want to sell but there is opposition fighting to keep it in Yorkshire.

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Henry Moore statue sold

A London council has decided to sell a Henry Moore sculpture worth up to twenty million pounds to help balance its books. It's currently on loan to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.

But the proposed sale of "Old Flo" as she's known has caused uproar in Yorkshire, the home of Henry Moore who was born and raised in Castleford.

A fellow Yorkshire artist tonight called for a public appeal to keep the work in the county. Chris Kiddey reports.

"Old Flo" to be flogged off

A Council in London has voted to sell off a twenty million pound Henry Moore sculpture - prompting fierce opposition from artists in Yorkshire - seen as Old Flo's spiritual home. Castleford-born Henry Moore sold the work to the old London County Council in the Sixties for £6,000.

But now Tower Hamlets Council want to cash in on the Drape Seated Woman. Chris Kiddey reports.

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Council to sell " Old Flo" statue

A Council in London has voted to sell off a twenty million pound Henry Moore sculpture. Castleford-born Henry Moore sold the work to the old London County Council in the Sixties for £6,000. But now Tower Hamlets Council want to cash in on the Draped Seated Woman, which is nicknamed " Old Flo".

Calendar spoke to Tower Hamlets' Cabinet member for environment , Councillor Shahed Ali and Sharon Ament , Director of the Museum of London after last night's controversial decision

Danny Boyle leads campaign against sale of 'Draped Seated Woman'

Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle is leading a group of celebrities who've criticised the sale of a Henry Moore sculpture which is currently on loan to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

London's Tower Hamlets Council is considering selling the bronze statue to boost its depleted coffers. The figure, called Draped Seated Woman, could fetch more than £20 million.

Castleford-born Moore sold the sculpture to Tower Hamlets in the 1960s for £6000 but after it was vandalised it was moved to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park 15 years ago.

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Controversy over Henry Moore statue

The Henry Moore sculpture Credit: Chris Kiddey

Campaigners are mounting a last ditch effort to stop a £20 million Henry Moore sculpture from being sold abroad.It's on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park but it's owned by Tower Hamlets Council in London. Councillors there will decide next week whether to auction the work.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh fears the work may be sold abroad and disappear from public view.