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LGBT People of History 87 - Fernand Legros
Fernand Legros (1931 – 1983) was a naughty boy. He sold art forgeries as well as being an arms trafficker amongst other things.
When he was young he wanted to be a ballet dancer. After WW2 ended he moved from Egypt to Paris where he married an American woman probably as a means of becoming a US citizen. He moved to the US without his wife. He was gay.
Elmyr de Hory was an art forger and met Fernand in the 1950s in Florida. Fernand offered to be his agent for a 40% cut. They crisscrossed the US selling the forgeries to galleries and Fernand secretly kept a lot of the profits.
At this time Fernand started a volatile relationship with Real Lessard. They accused each other of infidelity constantly. Fernand had a temper.
Eventually de Hory got fed up with the two men and moved to France. Fernand found him in Paris and persuaded him to tell him where his paintings were. He then got hold of them and sold them.
Many years later they met again and Fernand and Lessard sold his paintings again and eventually de Hory lived in a villa in Ibiza and Fernand and Lessard in a fabulous appartment in Paris as they had again kept most of the money.
Fernand would sell the paintings with forged certificates but got caught. He was sentenced to 4 years in a French jail but was immediately released as he had already spent the equivalent of that amount of time in jail already!
Fernand Legros died of throat cancer in 1983.
Ian and Callum.
With thanks to Wikipedia.
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