The art web shop of a failed banker


Trendbeheer points out that the website of former banker Dirk Scheringa is selling some of his art, that is to say paintings of Adriana van Zoest, Ed van der Kooy and Sabine Liebchen.

Scheringa was a cop turned banker who lost his empire when a character called Pieter Lakeman, claiming to represent disgruntled clients of Scheringa’s bank (DSB), caused a bank run. Part of the bankruptcy was the art collection for the modern art museum Scheringa was in the process of building, so presumably the paintings he is selling belong to his private collection.

DSB clients were dissatisfied with the bank because it, like so many other banks in the Netherlands, sold woekerpolissen, insurances that come with sky-high hidden administrative costs. It seems the government and the Dutch central bank needed a fall guy, and they let DSB topple, a thought that scares me more than the shenanigans of the banks themselves.

Shown here is the larger than life painting (145 x 265 cm) Lo-May by Ed van der Kooy, which the website recommends for its attention to detail.

See also: Scheringa museum half empty and free to visit.

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