Faking It : Elmyr de Hory - The Century's Greatest Art Forger
Flight to Mexico
Faulkner pressed charges against Elmyr in
During his stint in
Angered by the injustice, Elmyr hired a lawyer to bring a case against the police. Unfortunately, the lawyer also tried to extort Elmyr, charging him unusually high legal fees for a bare minimum of work. Fed up with the Mexican legal system, Elmyr tried to convince the lawyer to take one of his forgeries in exchange for the outstanding legal fees. The lawyer agreed to take the painting, unaware that the work was a fake. Elmyr then promptly left
Things didnt necessarily improve for Elmyr after his return. In fact, things got worse. On occasion while back in the
To make matters worse, many of Elmyrs reproductions were beginning to draw fire. Several of his paintings and drawings were labeled as fakes. This significantly increased the risks for Elmyr every time he tried to sell a new forgery. His works were simply becoming recognizable and he had difficulty convincing art galleries to buy them. To reduce the chance of his getting caught, he decided to temporarily switch to reproducing lithographs, which sold for considerably less than his other fakes.
The days of lying on the beach and long distance business relations were gone. Money was short for Elmyr and he was forced to return to door-to-door sales at various galleries. It was the aspect of his work that he liked the least, but he had no choice.
He began to spiral into a deep depression. According to Talbot, Elmyr was quoted as saying at that particular time he was, broke, tired, depressed, sick of hiding and always doing something that had to be hidden. It was all getting to be too much for the now fifty-year-old forger. Life had not turned out like he expected.
This was when Elmyr decided to kill himself. He went to his temporary apartment in
His stomach was pumped and he was further treated for pneumonia that developed shortly after he had been admitted. He was required to stay in the hospital for several weeks and eventually recovered, deciding to give life another try. However, once again things did not turn out the way he hoped.