Charles Bronson’s beard and artwork fetches more than £30k

The chunk of beard was auctioned off at JP Humbert in Towcester
The chunk of beard was auctioned off at JP Humbert in Towcester

The beard of Britain’s most violent prisoner has been sold for £100 as his 200-item collection fetched more than £30,000.

Charles Bronson is spending life behind bars at HMP Full Sutton for a string of offences including armed robbery, GBH and threatening to kill.

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But the 61-year-old, who has recently changed his name to Charles Salvador out of respect to artist Salvador Dali, put artwork and personal items under the hammer to move away from notoriety.

All 200 lots were auctioned off by J P Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester with buyers from as far as America, Canada and Japan but the £100 beard was sold to a UK buyer.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “Whilst crime does not pay- there are plenty of people willing to pay for crime-related items.

“Undoubtedly this was a successful sale with global interest as we predicted – buyers in the room, on the telephone and online.”

Salvador’s final piece of artwork before changing his name sold for £990, the first piece of art under his new name fetched £800 and a copy of the ‘Bronson film script’ sold for £660.

A slice of money raised will be going to The Brain Tumour Trust and Keech Cottage Hospice at Luton.

The auctioneers is already planning more crime collection sales with a Great Train Robbery sale in February and a Ronnie Kray sale in March.

A Fine Arts & Antiques sale on October 22 is being filmed for the BBC’s Antique Road Trip with experts Charlie Ross and Natasha Raskin at the Silverstone Business Park site.

On the same day, a very rare first edition of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit book from 1903 will go under the hammer.

The book is annotated by the author and is estimated to fetch between £500 and £800 when it is auctioned.