More calls for council not to sell sculpture

Henry Moore's sculpture Draped Seated Woman Credit: PA

Film director Danny Boyle and the director of the Tate have joined calls for Tower Hamlets Council not to sell a Henry Moore sculpture.

"Draped Seated Woman", worth an estimated 20 million pounds, was sold by the artist to London County Council for just 6 thousand pounds in 1960, on the understanding it would be placed in East London.

It spent many years outside a tower block in Stepney but is now on display in Yorkshire.

Tower Hamlets Council wants to sell it to raise money, but campaigners, including the sculptor's daughter, have written to the mayor appealing for it to be saved and returned to the East End.

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Tug of war over statue

A tug of war continues as both Tower Hamlets and Bromley claim ownership of a Henry Moore statue. Tower Hamlets had decided to sell the statue, which campaigners have said should be kept on public view.