Kray brother items set to go under the hammer in Diss

It's difficult to imagine notorious East End gangster Reggie Kray would be afraid of anyone.

Yet a letter sent by the convicted murderer, who died in October 2000, reveals how he was worried about visiting the cell of robber Charles Bronson, known as the 'most violent prisoner in Britain,' to collect a pair of boxing gloves.

The note, sent by Kray to a fellow prison inmate known only as 'Clive,' and gloves are among nine lots of the gangster's possessions, including landscape paintings, up for auction at T W Gaze's Diss auction rooms on Friday.

Along with his twin brother Ronnie, the Krays were perpetrators of organised crime in London's East End during the 1950s and 60s and were involved in armed robberies, assaults, protection rackets, arson and the murders of Jack 'The Hat' McVitie and George Cornell.

Former bare knuckle boxer Bronson, who has committed numerous crimes in prison, had applied for Kray to receive the pair of Erog boxing gloves while the pair were serving time together in HMP Wayland prison near Thetford.

The estimated price for the lot, expected to be the main attraction, is in the �150-�250 range.

However, bidders will also have the chance to buy five landscapes Kray painted in prison which appear to show scenes from the Norfolk countryside, including a church and windmill, while one canvas appears to show the Alps.

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A badminton racket and trophy engraved 'Wayland Prison' are also up for auction, along with Kray's personal photo album with pictures of the twins during the 1960s, including one with former Eastenders actress Barbara Windsor, letters and Christmas cards.

An acoustic Elevation guitar and sheet music belonging to Reggie Kray are also up for auction.

Andre Ling, auctioneer and salesroom manager at T WGaze in Roydon Road, believed the lots were worth over �17,000 and had initially been given to former prisoner 'Clive,' who had befriended Kray, before being passed on to the anonymous seller.

Mr Ling said the auction room's had sold some of Kray's memorabilia in the past, but these items were not perhaps as interesting as the latest lots.

He added: 'It is the first time we have had some of Reggie Kray's artwork in the past and this has fetched between �200 and �300, but it is the first time we have had a collection of his works.

'There have been a few of his paintings cropping up all over the country so he must have drawn lots of them.'

In addition to Kray's memorabilia, the auctioneers have also received seven paintings, a Bible and other personal artefacts belonging to Ronnie Kray.

All the auction lots have supporting letters or prison application forms.

Kray was released from Wayland Prison after a period in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, and died at a Norwich hotel in 2000.

For more information, visit www.twgaze.com or phone the auction rooms on 01379 650306.

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