Wakefield Girls High School is home to two Hepworth sculptures, one which was bought in 1959 to mark the opening of a new gym, the other was created by Hepworth for a head teacher, Miss Knott, to celebrate her retirement in 1973.

Charles Gimpel, Photograph of Barbara Hepworth at home c.1957–8 © Estate of Charles Gimpel Courtesy Gimpel Fils, London/ Tate Charles Gimpel, Photograph of Barbara Hepworth at home c.1957–8
© Estate of Charles Gimpel
Courtesy Gimpel Fils, London/ Tate

Hepworth attended the school from the age of 6 to 17, leaving in 1920. Hepworth owed a lot to the school, having even been allowed to skip sport lessons to pursue her artistic ambitions.

Barbara Hepworth, Quiet Form. Photograph: Barbara Hepworth © Bowness Barbara Hepworth, Quiet Form.
Photograph: Barbara Hepworth © Bowness

Barbara Hepworth, Forms in Movement (Galliard), 1956. Photograph: Barbara Hepworth © Bowness Barbara Hepworth, Forms in Movement (Galliard), 1956.
Photograph: Barbara Hepworth © Bowness

The 1956 piece Forms in Movement (Galliard) has been estimated to sell for £250 000 and £350 000 at the Sotheby's sale this summer, whilst the marble work Quiet Form (1973) is estimated to sell for £500 000 to £700 000.

Sadly, the school is seeking to sell the works as insurance and security for them is proving costly.

John McLeod, a spokesman for the governors of the school, stated: ''As Hepworth’s market prices have rocketed, so have the costs of insurance and security.''

''While this means that it is hard to justify devoting valuable—and limited—school resources to insurance costs, it also means that we have the unexpected opportunity to release significant funds, which can be used to afford other students just the kind of special opportunities Barbara Hepworth enjoyed through bursaries.''

Last June, at Christie's Hepworth's Two Forms with White (Greek) sold for £3 106 500, against an estimate of £1.3-1.8 million, setting a new auction record for the British sculptor. Check out more realised prices for Barbara Hepworth here.

The sculptures will be part of Sotheby's Modern & Post-War British Art in London from 13th-14th June, 2016.

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