Born: January 26, 1931, Ismailia, Egypt
Died: April 7, 1983, Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure, France
Buried: Chassenuil-sur-Bonnieure, Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure, Departement de la Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France
Fernand Legros was an art dealer who, together with his lover Real Lessard, sold the art forgeries of Elmyr de Hory. In the 50s, Legros and de Hory traveled all over the US and sold De Hory's paintings to galleries. Legros kept most of the profits without telling De Hory. Legros also befriended French-Canadian Real Lessard and they began an uneven relationship. Legros occasionally accused Lessard of infidelity, although he himself slept with other men. Sometimes Legros crossed the US border and when the customs checked his luggage, he said that the paintings were just copies. US customs officials contacted art experts to verify it. The experts decided the paintings were actually genuine and Legros be liable for a toll. Later Legros used the US customs documents to verify the authenticity of the paintings. In 1964, figures in the art market became suspicious and police begun to close in. Legros and Lessard moved to Zurich and sent de Hory to Australia for a year and then to Ibiza. Later Legros moved to Ibiza and evicted de Hory. Shortly afterwards police apprehended Legros and Lessard, charged them with forgery and fraud. The men were given prison sentences.
Together from (before) 1955 to 1983: 28 years.
Fernand Legros (January 26, 1931 – April 7, 1983)
Real Lessard (born November 15, 1939)
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At Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure (in the Charente department in Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes) is buried Fernand Legros (January 26, 1931-April 6, 1983), art dealer who, together with his lover Real Lessard, sold the art forgeries of Elmyr de Hory.
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