Bromley Council has claimed it owns a statue which Tower Hamlets Council is about to sell. The statue which is nicknamed Old Flo used to belong to the Greater London Council which was abolished in 1985. Tower Hamlets assumed responsibility for it but Bromley Council says it is actually the owner.
If Bromley's claim is true, it would put an end to Tower Hamlets' plan to raise money by putting the statue up for auction.
The Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has said the Government is powerless to stop the sale of a Henry Moore statue which belongs to Tower Hamlets Council. The council is putting the work called Draped Seated Woman up for auction because of a funding gap.
Mr Vaizey said it would be "lamentable" if the statue was not on display. He added that the only action that could be taken is if an independent committee recommended an export ban on the statue - but it could still be bought by a domestic buyer.