Moore sculpture sold for almost £4m

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One of Castleford-born sculptor Henry Moore’s most valuable pieces of work was sold for almost £4m at an auction in New York.

The 11-foot long bronze Reclining Figure, produced by Moore between 1967 and 1970, was snapped up by a collector for £3,782,620 at Christie’s auction house in New York on Tuesday.

The sculpture is the largest single piece created by the artist.

Brooke Lampley, head of the impressionist and modern art department at Christie’s said: “Reclining Figure is an icon by one of the greatest of all modern sculptors.”

Despite being sold for £30,000 more than expected, the sculpture is not Moore’s most valuable work.

His current world auction record stands at £19,081,250, the sum paid at Christie’s in London on February 7, 2012, for his 1951 bronze reclining figure Festival.

Henry Moore, who died in August 1986 at the age of 88, was born in Castleford, the son of a miner.

He went to Castleford Grammar School where he later taught.

He became a sculptor in 1919, after serving in the army during World War One.

Moore’s parents had been against him training as a sculptor, a vocation they considered manual labour with few career prospects.

In 1921, though, Moore won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London.

He went on to create 28 sculptures worth more than £100m.