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.

View all 16 updates ›

VIDEO: Moore sculpture causes row between London boroughs

Following its joint campaign with the Art Fund to save Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman - aka Old Flo - the Museum of London has responded enthusiastically to the London Borough of Bromley's assertion that it owns the artwork.

Bromley Council has written to Tower Hamlet's Mayor Lutfur Rahman challenging his right to sell the much-loved sculpture. This new development follows the presentation of powerful new evidence that could stop the sale.

Bromley's decision follows many hours of detailed archival research conducted by the museum's specialists and others. The paper trail they uncovered shows that when the London County Council was abolished in 1963, the ownership of Old Flo was not transferred to Tower Hamlets Council.

The sculpture remained instead the property of the GLC, until the GLC's own abolition in 1985. Old Flo, along with other former assets of the GLC were vested in the GLC's London Residuary Body, and transferred to Bromley Council.

More on this story

  • Row over Moore sculpture

    Henry Moore sculpture, Draped Seated Woman, created for public display, is now likely to end up in an auction room with a £20m price tag.