More than 150 items from the estate of Ronnie Kray are to go on sale at an auctioneers.
JP Humbert Auctioneers, in Towcester, has been instructed to sell the residual contents of the estate of the late mobster.
The items, which come with ‘impeccable provenance’ from his second wife, Kate Kray, include various personal effects and ‘Kray memorabilia.’
Included in the collection of items are personal possessions from Kray’s Broadmoor prison cell such as a miniature birdcage clock, various watches, including Ronnie Krays’ favourite 18 carat gold Longines wristwatch, a well-used set of dominoes, cufflinks, dinner jackets, a crucifix, paintings, letters and other personal mementos from both life outside and within prison walls.
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “This is a very important and eclectic sale of British social history.
“And with the perennial interest in the Krays – and the fact these artefacts hark back to a bygone era of ‘East End gangs’ – it is sure to generate a lot of global interest.
“The Krays were hardened criminals, without a doubt but they were also, in the public perception, nice to old ladies and children and were always immaculately turned out.
“While we in no way seek to glorify their crimes, they certainly had style and that is what people remember.”
Also included in the sale are eight original works of art by prisoner Charles Bronson – real name Michael Peterson – whose paintings have previously been exhibited in London.
“Charles Bronson recently had a ‘rumble’ with 12 prison guards. In a letter to Kate Kray, he states remorse at upsetting his mother and accordingly, asked if some of his artwork could be included in the sale so as to generate funds to send his mother on holiday,” added Mr Humbert.
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