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.

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Tower Hamlets: Ownership debate is an 'insult to the East End'

Following the challenge by the Art Fund, joined by Bromley Council, over the decision to sell Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman, Tower Hamlets Council has obtained firm legal opinion clearly identifying the borough as the owner of the famous artwork.

The ownership of 'Old Flo' is beyond doubt. Following the two major London local government reorganisations in 1965 and 1985 there are many examples of assets, including artwork, being transferred with land or houses without being expressly named in the documentation of the time.

If Bromley owned the sculpture why have they stayed silent for 27 years?

This move is an insult to the East End as we need the sale proceeds to help alleviate the impact of government cuts by improving housing, preserving local heritage sites and supporting cultural programmes.

– Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman

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