A SCULPTURE that has been on show in West Yorkshire is expected to be sold for a record price.
Barbara Hepworth's stunning 2.5 tonne sculpture, Rosewall, made of rare Nebrasina stone, is to go up for auction at Bonhams in London.
Measuring 8ft in length, the sculpture will be on view to the public prior to being sold in a sale of 20th Century Modern British Art.
Rosewall was created in 1960-62. It is the work of a mature artist in full control of her abilities and confident to work on such an impressive scale.
The work has every chance of exceeding the current record price for a Hepworth of $1,128,800 (£620,000) when it goes on sale on November 29.
The sculpture was purchased from the artist's studio in 1963 on behalf of the General Post Office to stand in front of a new office in the Midlands.
It has remained in the ownership of the same group ever since and has been on loan to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton since being a major feature in the Hepworth retrospective exhibition.