BRITAIN’S REAL LIFE EQUIVILENT TO AMERICA’S MAFIA BOSS ” AL CAPONE” FROM THE 1950’S ERA AND BEYOND. ALSO THE FORMER BOSS AND MENTOR TO THE KRAY TWINS … BERT “BATTLE” ROSSI

BRITAIN’S REAL LIFE EQUIVALENT TO AMERICA’S GANGLAND BOSS  ” AL CAPONE”  FROM THE 1950’S ERA AND BEYOND.

THE GENERAL OF CLERKENWELL , LONDON ,  ALSO THE FORMER BOSS AND MENTOR TO THE KRAY TWINS …  “BERT “BATTLE” ROSSI ”

COMING SOON …. THE UNTOLD STORY OF BERT ROSSI ,WHO IS TODAY , AT THE GRAND OLD AGE OF 92 , THE UK’S  OLDEST LIVING GANGSTER

FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE NAME …. MORE INTIMATE DETAILS OF HIS INCREDIBLE LIFE AND TIMES ARE TO BE PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS …..

WATCH THIS SPACE  !!!

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Bert “Battle ” Rossi aged 92 , July 2015

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Andy Jones of the Crime Through Time Collection with Bert “Battle” Rossi at a recent get together

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Jimmy Andrews and Bert Rossi present Andy Jones with his framed limited edition Kray twins print , originally painted by artist Paul Lake for display at the Crime Through Time Museum , Littledean Jail , to be alongside a brief exhibition on Birt Rossi .

THE KRAY TWINS, THE FIRM, AND OTHER GANGLAND MEMORABILIA, MAIMERABILIA AND BEYOND HERE AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION, LITTLEDEAN JAIL

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 .

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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.

599036_395136070521817_1213505194_nBELOW 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)

The KraysGangsters 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

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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 

COULD THE NEW DIORAMA ARTIST ” GUV” BE THE NEW TRACEY EMIN OF THE ART WORLD ??….. YOU, AS VISITORS DECIDE

NEW FOR 2015………….. LITTLEDEAN JAIL MOVES  INTO THE REALMS OF CONTROVERSIAL  ART .

FOREST OF DEAN, GLOUCESTERSHIRE – DIORAMA ARTIST  “GUV” LATEST CREATION  “ASYLUM ” GOES ON DISPLAY AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION, LITTLEDEAN BEFORE BEING SOLD BY A  MAJOR AUCTION HOUSE NEXT YEAR …. COMPLETE WITH CELL DOORS….. COULD THIS FETCH THE SAME KIND OF MONIES AS TRACEY EMIN’S WORLD FAMOUS TURNER PRIZE NOMINATED DIORAMA …. “MY BED” WHICH ORIGINALLY SOLD TO CHARLES SAATCHI FOR £150,000 AND LATER RESOLD BY HIM FOR A STAGGERING £2.5 MILLION IN 2014 ????

LITTLEDEAN JAIL IS A TRULY UNRIVALLED, POLITICALLY INCORRECT AND CONTROVERSIAL VISITOR ATTRACTION . IT IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY  UNIQUE ART GALLERY IN ITS OWN RIGHT , WITH FRAMED COLLAGES AND OTHER EXHIBITION ITEMS DISPLAYED FROM FLOOR TO CEILING THROUGHOUT .

IT  HOLDS THE WORLD RECORD (UNOFFICIAL) FOR THE MOST FRAMED COLLAGES ON DISPLAY IN ONE ESTABLISHMENT .THAT RUNS INTO SEVERAL THOUSANDS …

BELOW IS TRACEY EMIN’S WORLD FAMOUS DIORAMA ENTITLED “MY BED”

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BELOW : WORLD FAMOUS ARTIST TRACEY EMIN

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ABOUT TRACEY EMIN

Tracey Emin, CBE, RA (born 3 July 1963) is an English artist. She is part of the group known as Britartists or YBAs (Young British Artists).

In 1997, her work Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, a tent appliquéd with names, was shown at Charles Saatchi‘sSensation exhibition held at the Royal Academy in London. The same year, she gained considerable media exposure when she swore multiple times in an apparent state of drunkenness on a live discussion programme on British television.

In 1999, Emin had her first solo exhibition in the United States at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, entitled “Every Part of Me’s Bleeding”. Later that year, she was a Turner Prize nominee and exhibited My Bed — an installation, consisting of her own unmade dirty bed with used condoms and blood-stained underwear.

TRACEY EMIN  TALKS

BEING SOLD AT CHRISTIE’S FOR  CHARLES SAATCHI

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“BACK BEHIND BARS” – ICONIC BRITISH ACTOR – JOHN BLUNDELL WHO STARRED IN THE EQUALLY ICONIC 1978/1979 FILMS…” SCUM” AND “QUADROPHENIA” VISITS THE JAIL

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WHO’S THE DADDY ?

ABOVE: “FACE-OFF” AT THE JAIL BETWEEN ANDY JONES AND JOHN BLUNDELL

“BACK BEHIND BARS” – ICONIC BRITISH ACTOR – JOHN BLUNDELL WHO STARRED AS  THE ORIGINAL “DADDY” – PONGO BANKS IN THE ICONIC 1978 SCUM” 1979 FILM…“QUADROPHENIA” , WHERE HE PLAYED ONE OF THE MAIN ROCKERS , VISITS THE JAIL

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ON BEHALF OF CHARLES SALVADOR (formerly known as Charles Bronson) HIS FIANCEE LORRAINE VISITS THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL

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ON BEHALF OF CHARLES SALVADOR (formerly known as Charles Bronson) HIS FIANCEE LORRAINE KINDLY VISITED  THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL . HIS LOYAL FRIEND MARK WILLIAMS  TATTOOIST AND SCULPTOR ALSO BROUGHT ALONG VARIOUS UNIQUE EXHIBIT ITEMS, SCULPTURED BY HIMSELF AND OWNED BY CHARLIE WHICH ARE TO BE  FEATURED ON DISPLAY HERE FOR THE FORTHCOMING 2015 TOURISM SEASON…

LORRAINE ALSO BROUGHT  ALONG  ICONIC BRITISH ACTOR – JOHN BLUNDELL WHO STARRED IN SUCH EQUALLY ICONIC FILMS…” SCUM” AND “QUADROPHENIA” ,NOT FORGETTING MARK AND JOHN’S DEAR LADIES.

CHARLES SALVADOR ( FORMERLY CHARLES BRONSON ) PICTURED WEARING ONE OF HIS VESTS WORN WITHIN PRISON… AND NOW HERE ON DISPLAY ALONG WITH MANY OTHER PERSONAL BELONGINGS , ARTWORK ETC.

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IT WAS A GREAT HONOUR TO TALK TO CHARLIE PERSONALLY WHO KINDLY TELEPHONED THE JAIL TO SPEAK TO ALL THOSE THAT KINDLY VISITED ON HIS BEHALF . HE WAS IN GOOD SPIRIT AND HAD RECENTLY BEEN ALLOWED TO WATCH “RAMBO” INSIDE HIS CELL ALONG WITH BEING GIVEN A MINCE PIE AND APRICOT YOGHURT TO EAT DURING THE FILM . HE ONLY WATCHED THE FIRST 30 MINUTES OF THE FILM BUT ENJOYED IT TOO.

BELOW ARE A FEW IMAGES RELATING TO YESTERDAY’S VISIT TO THE JAIL

 

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AUCTION OF ARTWORK BY THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS CHARLES BRONSON

WE VISITED THE AUCTION  HOUSE OF J P HUMBERT , SILVERSTONE  TO TAKE SOME IMAGES OF THE UPCOMING AUCTION OF ARTWORK , PERSONAL BELONGINGS DOCUMENTS AND CLOTHING FROM THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS CHARLES BRONSON , WHO HAS NOW CHANGED HIS NAME BY DEED-POLE TO CHARLES SALVADOR …. THERE ARE 200 LOTS IN TOTAL (SEE PICS BELOW OF SOME OF THEM ) 

THE AUCTION IS ON THURSDAY 09 OCTOBER AND STARTS AT 5 O’CLOCK 

FOR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER TO BID 

THE AUCTION HOUSE WEBSITE IS FOUND AT 

http://www.jphumbert.com/

GOOD LUCK WITH THE AUCTION TOMORROW  WISHING YOU ALL THE VERY BEST FROM ALL AT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL.

 

CELEBRITY GANGSTER … DAVE COURTNEY TO REVISIT – FOREST OF DEAN , GLOUCESTERSHIRE ON A FORTHCOMING “EVENING WITH EVENT”

WHETHER ONE LOVES HIM OR LOATHES HIM ….. ALWAYS ENTERTAINING AND ON A PERSONAL LEVEL GREAT TO SPEND TIME WITH .

DO VISIT THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES AN INTRIGUING INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF CELEBRITY GANGSTER ….. DAVE COURTNEY O.B.E


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ABOVE IS A CLASSIC PICTURE OF DAVE COURTNEY WHO IS ALSO CLAIMED TO BE THE INSPIRATION BEHIND VINNIE JONES’S ROLE IN THE ICONIC BRITISH FILM LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (SEE PICTURE BELOW)

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CELEBRITY GANGSTER DAVE COURTNEY VISITS THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL IN MAY 2013 ,

BELOW IS A BRIEF GALLERY OF PICTURES OF DAVE COURTNEY’S VISIT TO THE CRIME THROUGH TIME COLLECTION AT LITTLEDEAN JAIL AND THE WOODLANDS PUB IN THE FOREST OF DEAN WITH HIS PARTNER AND HER SON .