King Kong could return to Birmingham - if its owner is given a markets pitch.
The 23ft sculpture became a huge family favourite during its tenure in the city in 1972. Large crowds gathered to see Kong unveiled at Manzoni Gardens when he arrived on loan in Birmingham that year.
But council bosses refused to bow to public pressure and buy Kong when the loan expired and he was sold off to a car dealer.
Kong left Birmingham in 1976, when he was bought by Spook Erections, and installed at Ingliston market, near Edinburgh, until he was removed earlier this year when the market closed.
Now attempts are being made to get it returned to Birmingham and Spook director Lesley Maby said it could happen, if the city council offered her firm a markets pitch.
"We wouldn't sell him, it doesn't matter how much money was offered," she said. "If Birmingham wants Kong back, the council could offer us a market site."