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Henry Moore's Sundial could be seen from the window of his former home, Hoglands. The bronze sculpture was stolen either Tuesday or Wednesday. (Henry Moore Foundation)

British police are investigating the theft of Sundial, a Henry Moore bronze, from his former home Hoglands, located in Perry Green, Hertfordshire.

The 1965 bronze sculpture, measuring 56 cm high, disappeared either July 10 or 11 from the grounds of the home, which is now owned by the Henry Moore Foundation. The work is valued at £500,000 ($792,000 Cdn).

"We are deeply saddened about the loss of Sundial from the gardens of Henry Moore's former home and are helping the police in the hope it may be recovered," Richard Calvocoressi, director of the Henry Moore Foundation, said in a statement.

"We take our care of Henry Moore's sculptures extremely seriously and have installed heightened security measures here in recent years. We would be grateful if anyone with information would contact the police."

Seven years ago, a bronze statue worth approximately $4.7 million was stolen from Hoglands and was never recovered. Police fear the sculpture may have been stolen to melt down for the scrap.

Henry Moore, who lived 1898 to 1986, is regarded as one of Britain’s most famous sculptors and his work is known around the world.

He left a significant collection of about 900 sculptures and works on paper to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. He also created works of public art that are on display in Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Fredericton, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.