Two men have been sentenced to a year in jail after admitting the theft of a sundial sculpture and bronze plinth from the Henry Moore Foundation.
Liam Hughes, 22, and 19-year-old Jason
Parker, both of Coltsfield, Stansted, Essex, had both pleaded
guilty to two charges of theft, and appeared at St Albans Crown
Court on November 12 where Hughes was sentenced to 12 months in
custody and Parker to the same time in a young offenders
The sculpture and plinth, which were taken
from the foundation in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, overnight on
July 10-11, were recovered by police after an appeal on BBC's
Police said a metal dealer had bought the
piece - valued at up to £500,000 - in good faith for £46, but
called them following the TV appeal.
Working Model for Sundial 1965, a
22in (56cm) high sculpture, is normally situated in the gardens of
Hoglands, Moore's house, located so it can be viewed from the large
Richard Calvocoressi, the foundation's
director, said: "We hope that the successful outcome of this
investigation will help to stimulate interest in Moore's
Reclining Figure, which was taken from the foundation in
2005. The reward of up to £100,000 is still available for
information relating to its recovery, subject to special
"Anyone with information should call police on 101 or
alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with any
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