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Reggie Kray paintings to go under the hammer

PUBLISHED: 07:45 30 October 2010

A painting by gangster Reggie Kray to be sold at auction on November 5

A painting by gangster Reggie Kray to be sold at auction on November 5

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Landscape paintings created by East End gangster Reggie Kray while in prison and a portrait of the Kray Twins by a serial poisoner are to be sold at auction.

Seven oil paintings created by Reggie while in Parkhurst Prison in the Isle of Wight in the 1970s will go under the hammer at a Lincoln auction house on November 5.

They are expected to sell for around £400 each.

Reggie and his twin brother Ronnie were sentenced to a recommended 30 years in prison in 1969 for the murder of Jack “The Hat” McVitie with Ronnie also being convicted for the murder of George Cornell.

William Gregory, head of valuations at auctioneers Thomas Mawer and Son said: “They are artistically pretty naïve but we have sold their paintings before.”

Collectors can also bid for a portrait of the twins by ‘The Teacup Poisoner’ Graham Young.

He spent nine years in Broadmoor for lacing the food of his step-mother with antimony and digitalis when he was 14 years old which led to her death.

On his release, he went on to make 72 other people ill through poisonings before being sent to Parkhurst in 1972.

Mr Gregory said: “His portrait isn’t high-art but it gives a hint of what he was thinking at the time.”

Reggie’s seven paintings include a river landscape showing two figures horse-riding and another of three figures sailing on rough seas.

He died in 2000 just over a month after he was released from prison on compassionate grounds.

Mr Gregory said: “There is a lot of interest normally.

“When people find out about these auctions on the internet, interest gets around. There is a ripple effect.

“It’s not the same traditional type of auction.”

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