Mayor presses ahead with sale of Old Flo


The future of an iconic Henry Moore sculpture owned by Tower Hamlets Borough Council will be decided at auction after the Mayor pressed ahead with plans to sell the artwork.

Members sitting on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee decided to bring negotiations about the future of Draped Seated Woman, affectionately known as Old Flo, back to the debating table at last night's Cabinet meeting.

The Museum of London Docklands was just one of numerous venues in the borough that had put forward its name to host the sculpture to save it from going under the hammer at Christies next year.

But last night, Mayor Lutfur Rahman refused to withdraw his decision - to the dismay of some fellow councillors and residents - instead pressing ahead with plans for its sale.

Previously, the Mayor said the situation presented a "stark choice" between returning the statue to the borough or using the cash generated by the sale, estimated to be up to £20million, to fund heritage projects, affordable housing and community safety schemes.

More to follow.