Museum expresses interest in Moore sculpture

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There could be a glimmer of hope for Tower Hamlets councillors fighting to bring the borough's Henry Moore sculpture back home.

Currently, the multi-million pound Draped Seated Woman affectionately known as Old Flo, is on-loan to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Last month, Tower Hamlets cabinet decided to explore options to sell the artwork at auction - an outcome that was immediately called in by Conservative Cllr Peter Golds and others.

But the Museum of London Docklands has now written to the council officials highlighting its interest in housing the statue.

A spokesperson said: "The museum would be very, very interested in acquiring it to save it for the future generations of Londoners to enjoy.

"It is very early days yet - we only recently heard there was a potential of it being sold and we would like to make sure this sculpture is enjoyed by Londoners and doesn't end up in a private collection somewhere.

"We would like to carry on in the spirit that Moore intended."

The museum was awaiting a response from the council as The Wharf went to press.

Councillors sitting on the overview and scrutiny committee will further discuss the issue on November 6.