Last month, I blogged about the Henry Moore statue which is being sold off by Tower Hamlets Council to raise funds.
Draped Seated Woman, currently in Yorkshire Sculpture Park, was sold by Moore at a knock-down price to City of London County Council in the 1960s so that it could be put on display for the people of the East End of London.
The news that it is to be auctioned by Tower Hamlets as soon as possible at Christie's has caused a right old stink. Bromley Council has now disputed the ownership of the sculpture, and in a debate about the matter this week in Parliament, Culture Minister Ed Vaisey has stepped in to say that any auction by Christie's cannot go ahead until that dispute is settled.
So the gloves are off. Suddenly a piece of art that lay in a field for fifteen years is the centre of hot political debate!