Bronson and Kray art sold at Northamptonshire auction

A self portrait by Charles Bronson Charles Bronson's pictures are being sold to raise funds for a holiday for his mother

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Art works by prisoner Charles Bronson have been sold, raising thousands of pounds to send his mother on holiday.

The items were from the estate of gangster Ronnie Kray, whose second wife Kate put 150 lots up for auction, including paintings by her husband.

Bronson wrote to her explaining his mother had been upset by his reported attack on guards at HMP Woodhill and he wanted to raise money to send her away.

The items were auctioned by of JP Humbert Auctioneers of Towcester.

One of the pictures by Charles Bronson being auctioned Charles Bronson's works have been displayed in galleries in London

A painting called Fantasy Impression, showing Bronson on a beach, sold for £1,000, while two items, Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum and Self Portrait, each sold for £950.

Bronson's painting Impression of Bedlam sold for £680.

A spokesman for the auction house, who would not say who bought the items, said that it had been "a good night's work" as only two items went unsold.

Bronson, 61, whose real name is Michael Peterson, is serving a life sentence for robbery and kidnap and has earned public notoriety with a history of violence both inside and outside jail.

He is currently held at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: "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."

Ronnie (left) and Reggie Kray Ronnie (left) and Reggie Kray, together with older brother Charlie, were infamous for their involvement in running organised crime rackets in London's East End

Ronnie Kray, who died in 1995, and twin brother Reggie, who died in 2000, were infamous for running organised crime rackets in London's East End.

Both were jailed for life in 1969 for the murders of fellow gangsters George Cornell and Jack "The Hat" McVitie.

Their elder brother Charlie was jailed for 10 years for helping dispose of McVitie's body.

Among the paintings by Ronnie Kray which also went under the hammer were an image of Christ on his cross which sold for £880 and a watercolour of Ronnie in the boxing ring with his twin Reggie and Kate which sold for £1,000.

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