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- March 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm #6482
We all remember David Henty's hopeless Lenkiewicz forgeries on Ebay. Now this:
The sheer ruthlessness of the Brighton Antiques Mafia knows no bounds, why back in the early to mid 1980’s Bernard Lyons informed on his childhood friend David Henty, who was engaged in counterfeit passports.When Police arrested David Henty they discovered 250 forged passports ready for sale at £1,000 each, £250,000 total, quite big money back then.However, even if David Henty had not been informed upon he would not have succeeded because he misspelled the word Britannic, spelling it Britanic.As in "Her Britannic Majesty's" written on the inside cover of a British passport. Check it out you will see, if you have a British passport, it is still there on the European British Passport.Simple mistake you may think, well truth is David Henty is not the sharpest tool in the box, not one of God’s brightest children, so it is not surprising he made a spelling mistake.Even to this day David Henty still thinks Itchy Fanny is a Japanese motorbike !!When asked what happened to Jesus when he went to Mount Olive ?David Henty replied "Popeye punched Jesus in the mouth"***next part best censored***So, you see, behind the facade, Brighton and Hove has a dark shadow hanging over it, emanating from the Art and Antiques trade.To those who say:“If the world needed an enema, they'd stick it in Brighton and Hove”it seems you are correct.Art Hostage would like to thank the ex-law enforcement Police officers, current Antiques dealers and ex-Brighton Knocker Boys, now wealthy property developers, for their assistance in this story.March 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm #11129
Given Henty's incompetance and poor forging abilities, it begs the question: why did he chose to forge a difficult artist's work like Lenkiewicz's? Perhaps the reason was that he had some sort of connection with ROL, such as past dealings, or he owns some of his paintings, or knows someone who does, etc. etc. Either way, with the absence of some sort of 'connection', it does seem an odd choice of artists, especially when there are probably far more easier artists work to forge, such as Terry Frost with its simple block-like shapes etc., or someone elses art that matches Henty's skill level!March 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm #11130
He fakes lots of other artists too. Very badly. Including Terry Frost. 😉March 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm #11131
...So he's not fussy about who he forges then!Ps; Here's another bit of dodgyness eminating from the Brighton area (although I can't say its dodgy for sure, as the photos are small and it looks half-decent, so I'm not judging it out of hand):http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROBERT-LENKIEWICZ-BRITISH-ARTIST-1941-2002-/171010599530?pt=UK_art_Paintings_GL&hash=item27d106aa6aMarch 26, 2013 at 6:55 pm #11132
Dodgy as hell!Vintage HentyMarch 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm #11133
Here's another questionable one. It has the look of a hurried & unfinished Lenkiewicz self portrait. If genuine it's certainly not one of his better paintings:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Portrait-of-Robert-Lenkiewicz-unsigned-/171011165272?pt=UK_art_Paintings_GL&hash=item27d10f4c58There's a 3rd degree relic here - a saxophone that featured in a ROL painting:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alto-Saxophone-C-A-Wunderlich-Silver-Vintage-Art-Collectable-Robert-Lenkiewicz-/271173520872?pt=UK_Woodwind_Instruments&hash=item3f23338de8And this oddity - a "book" which consists of articles found on the net and put together in a self-publishing exercise. I'm guessing there must be copyright issues with this one:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Robert-Lenkiewicz-9786133354012-Book-BRAND-NEW-FREE-P-H-/310630280459?pt=Non_Fiction&hash=item485301ed0bSeptember 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm #11134September 17, 2013 at 8:07 pm #11135
I'm amazed that someone paid £365 for this.
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