Faking It : Elmyr de Hory - The Century's Greatest Art Forger
Soon after he was released from the hospital, Elmyr took a friend of his up on an offer to stay at his apartment in
Legros, who was in his early thirties, was by origin Greek, French, and Egyptian and, by marrying an American woman, had become a naturalized U.S. citizen. When Legros arrived penniless in
As a young man, Legros had moved from
Legros was devious, and had little regard for anyone or anything but himself. When he was introduced to Elmyr, he quickly detected his weak nature and gullibility. Legros set out to use the master forger to his own advantage. It didnt take him long to succeed.
After much persuasion, Legros convinced Elmyr to go into business with him. Legros played on Elmyrs intense dislike for door-to-door sales, and suggested that he do all the dirty work for a 40 percent cut, while Elmyr painted his masterpieces and kept 60 percent.