- David Henty has made £15,000 this year from selling fake artwork on eBay
- Website banned him for life last year but he simply set up a new account
- The 56-year-old created forged paintings at his seaside home in Brighton
- Those he imitated included Churchill, LS Lowry and disgraced Rolf Harris
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A master forger who made thousands of pounds by ripping off art by Winston Churchill, LS Lowry and even Rolf Harris is selling the fake paintings on eBay – despite being banned a year ago.
David Henty has made £15,000 so far this year by pretending to be an art collector in possession of work by 56 artists, including Jack Vettriano and Duncan Grant.
But in reality he painted the forgeries himself at his Brighton home, before advertising them on eBay for unsuspecting art lovers to buy.
David Henty, posing with a replica of a painting by Jack Vettriano that he painted in Brighton. The master forger has made thousands of pounds of eBay by selling fake paintings, despite the website banning him
Artists forged by Henty include wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who was a keen amateur painter. A spokesman from his estate said the forgery does ‘terrible damage’ to Churchill’s reputation
Can you guess which one is the fake? The real version of LS Lowry’s The Postbox is on the left, while Henty’s imitation is on the right. The fake was withdrawn from eBay when they were told it was a copy
The 57-year-old was banned from the online auction website for life last year when his fake paintings were discovered.
However, Henty revealed he got around the ban by opening a new website ‘diamond-antiques2014’ and changing the name listed at his home address to ‘David Diamond’, The Sunday Telegraph reports.
‘eBay claimed to have ban