Bromley lay claim to threatened Henry Moore sculpture Old Flo

Henry Moore's 'Old Flo' erected in Stepney in 1962

Henry Moore's 'Old Flo' erected in Stepney in 1962

Henry Moore Trust

A Henry Moore sculpture is at the centre of an ownership battle between Bromley Council and an east London local authority.

Bromley claim the Draped Seated Woman, known as Old Flo, belongs to them and have challenged Tower Hamlets who want to sell it.

The objection comes after the Museum of London followed a paper trail back to the 1960s when Moore created the sculpture at cost price for the-then London County Council (LCC) and had it erected on a housing estate in Stepney.

Its ownership was passed to several bodies during the past 50 years until it finally came to rest with Bromley, the museum says.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman announced his decision to sell the sculpture after “unprecedented” budget cuts.

He wants it under the hammer at Christie’s auction house in February.

Bromley Council leader Stephen Carr said: “This sculpture must remain in public ownership which is line with the original principles of Henry Moore himself.

“The idea that selling this internationally recognised sculpture will somehow tackle the financial situation facing Tower Hamlets is flawed. The monies raised would not protect frontline services for very long and would stop future generations appreciating this national treasure.”

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