BACK IN THE NEWS !!! …THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL ….. DESPITE IN ALL FAIRNESS THIS BEING “OLD NEWS ”
SEEMINGLY OF A TIMELESS MEDIA INTEREST IN BRITAIN’S MOST NOTORIOUS 1960’S GANGSTERS …. THE KRAY TWINS .
HERE BELOW IS A RECENT ARTICLE THAT APPEARED BOTH ONLINE AND IN PRINT WITHIN THE DAILY MIRROR ON PAGE 33 -7 MAY 2015 .
ALSO JUST A POLITE REMINDER TO LOOK OUT FOR THE IMMINENT RELEASE OF TWO FILMS ON THE KRAYS … ONE OF WHICH , “LEGEND”, STARRING BRITISH ACTOR TOM HARDY WHO PLAYS THE PARTS OF BOTH TWINS. TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2015.
HERE BELOW IS A BRIEF TRAILER OF THE FORTHCOMING KRAY TWINS FILM TITLED “LEGEND”
BELOW IS SOME MORE BRIEF HISTORICAL INSIGHT FOOTAGE INTO THE KRAY’S
EXTRACTS FROM VARIOUS OTHER NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS FEATURING SOME OF THE KRAY TWINS MEMORABILIA ON DISPLAY AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL IN THE PAST.
BELOW IS A BRIEF GALLERY OF KRAY TWINS ITEMS INCLUDING 2 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS FROM BOTH RON AND REG, WHILST IN JAIL AT HMP PARKHURST , ISLE oF WIGHT , PAINTED BY THEM IN 1971 THAT WERE SOLD TOGETHER FOR £4800 + FEES, ETC AT CHISWICK AUCTIONS , LONDON IN MARCH 2008 .
AFTER GOING AROUND VARIOUS OTHER AUCTION HOUSES SINCE THEN, THEY HAVE NOW ARRIVED HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL ACQUIRED FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR AND ARE NOW ON DISPLAY TO THE PUBLIC ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER KRAY TWINS ITEMS .
BELOW IS THE PRESALE REPORT ON THE PAINTINGS AS SEEN IN THE DAILY MAIL ON THE 9 MARCH 2008
Yours for £2,000, oil paintings by the Kray Twins (currently owned by a ex-convict who won them in a card game)
Gangsters with an artistic streak: Reggie (left) and Ronnie Kray in the 1960s
One famously shot dead a fellow gangster in an East End pub for a verbal sleight. The other knifed to death another gangland member at a party But it appears Ronnie and Reggie Kray also had a more sensitive side as landscape painters. These oil canvasses by the infamous twins, painted after they were both jailed for 30 years, are to be auctioned in London this week.The one of a white cottage next to a road was painted by Ronnie. His brother’s is an image of a river running through a green valley with an ominously dark sky in the background. Both twins began painting after their 1968 trial at the Old Bailey, often creating the same scene in picture after picture. A spokesman for Chiswick Auctions in West London, where the paintings are being sold, said: ‘The same themes are repeated over and over again in their work, with very little variation. We expect these two to go for between £800 and £1,500 each.’ Both pictures are being sold by a former inmate who won them from the twins during card games in jail.The auction house spokesman said: ‘The seller has given us some interesting insights into the Krays’ minds.
Dream house in the country: Ronnie Kray’s
‘He says Reggie always, always painted with a dark sky. This might reflect his state of mind and the dark thoughts he had. He was known for his moods and being aloof. Ronnie, on the other hand, always painted a white cottage because that was his idea of a dream house, a place in the country.
Ronnie’s paintings are more aspirational, whereas Reggie’s tend to reflect his sombre state of mind.’The images were painted in oils on to card. They are both eight-and-a-half inches by 11-and-a-half inches.
A similar painting by Ronnie sold at an auction in Lincolnshire in 2005 for £2,200, twice the expected fee.
The spokesman added: ‘The seller told us paintings were used in games of cards as currency. If they were by Joe Bloggs, they wouldn’t be worth £5.’
The Krays ran a brutal gang known as The Firm in London’s East End during the late Fifties and Sixties. Revelling in their image of sharp suits and flashy cars, they began to believe the law could not touch them.
That bravado allowed Ronnie to walk into the Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel and shoot dead George Cornell in front of customers for calling him a ‘fat poof’.
A year later, in 1967, Reggie stabbed Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie to death in a flat in North London. But Scotland Yard closed the net and the twins were given life sentences and told they must serve at least 30 years. Ronnie died of a heart attack in 1995 after collapsing in his cell in Broadmoor. Reggie died in jail in 2000.
Moody: Reggie Kray painting
MORE EXTRACTS OF MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CRIME THROUGH TIME’S KRAY TWINS EXHIBITION
BELOW ARE MORE EXHIBIT ITEMS
ABOVE IS RONNIE KRAY’S ORIGINAL PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCE FROM BACK IN 1959 WHEN HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 26 YEARS OLD, REGISTERED TO HIM AT THE KRAY FAMILY’S HOME ADDRESS AT THE TIME , 178 VALLANCE ROAD , LONDON .
IN ITSELF A NOSTALGIC PIECE OF PRE-ARREST KRAY TWINS MEMORABILIA …. NOW HERE ON PERMANENT DISPLAY ALONGSIDE THE KRAY TWINS EXHIBITION HERE AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL .
THE ONLY KRAY TWINS EXHIBITION OF ITS KIND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC .
REGGIE KRAYS ORIGINAL ARTIST PAINT BOX , PAINTS AND BRUSHES LAST USED BY HIM AT HMP WAYLAND SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH FROM CANCER ON 01ST OCTOBER 2000
COME VISIT AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES THE UK’S ONLY KRAY TWINS EXHIBITION ON PUBLIC DISPLAY FEATURING SOME OF THEIR PERSONAL BELONGINGS, HANDWRITTEN AND SIGNED LETTERS , TOOLS OF THE TRADE, ARTWORK, MEMORABILIA AND OTHER RELATED FIRM ITEMS .
ALL IN ALL AN INTRIGUING PERSONAL INSIGHT INTO BOTH PRE ARREST DAYS AND THEIR SUBSEQUENT LIFE BEHIND BARS
ALSO VARIOUS OTHER GANGLAND MEMORABILIA …..ITS ALL HERE AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL .
HERE BELOW IS A BRIEF PICTORIAL INSIGHT INTO SOME OF THE ITEMS ON DISPLAY …………
YES THIS REALLY IS RON KRAY’S PERSONAL KNUCKLE DUSTER KINDLY GIFTED TO ANDY JONES – THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AFTER A PERSONAL VISIT TO REGGIE KRAY WHILST HE WAS INCARCERATED AT HMP. MAIDSTONE …WHICH HE WANTED ANDY TO DISPLAY ALONG WITH VARIOUS OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS ACQUIRED FROM OTHER INNER CIRCLE FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES AND EVEN FROM VARIOUS FORMER METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICERS …….. .FOR AND ON REGGIES AND RONNIES BEHALF..
ORIGINAL EASEL ARTIST PAINTBOX AND PAINTS THAT BELONGED TO REGGIE KRAY …. SHOWN HERE WITH ONE OF HIS LANDSCAPE PASTEL DRAWINGS . THIS WAS LAST USED BY REG AT HMP WOODHILL AND TAKEN OUT OF PRISON BY HIS WIFE BACK IN 1999 SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH FROM CANCER ON 01ST OCTOBER 2000 ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS AND PASTIME PLEASURES USED BY HIM. ALL OF WHICH ARE PRISON CENSOR STAMPED AND DATED ON OFFICIAL FORMS ….. ALSO HERE ON DISPLAY .
ORIGINAL RONNIE KRAY ARTWORK PAINTED BY HIMSELF WHILST AT BROADMOOR MENTAL ASYLUM . HERE ON DISPLAY ALONG WITH MANY OTHER ARTWORK ,DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS BY BOTH RONNIE AND REGGIE