Artwork by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson raised more than £30,000 in a sale by a Northamptonshire auctioneer.
Bronson, who now goes under the name of Charles Salvador, put up 200 lots in the auction by JP Humberts of Towcester. Every lot sold with buyers coming from the UK, America, Canada and Japan.
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “Undoubtedly this was a successful sale with global interest as we predicted and buyers in the room, on the telephone and online.”
Having recently changed his name by Deed Poll, Charles ‘Salvador’ as he is now known, made a final piece of artwork under his ‘old name’ of Bronson which sold for £990 whilst the first piece of artwork under his new name realised £800. A copy of the ‘Bronson’ film script sold for £660.
“Undoubtedly Mr Salvador’s work has now met with critical acclaim and it is good that a proportion of the sale proceeds will be going to The Brain Tumour Trust and Keech Cottage Hospice at Luton,” Mr Humbert added.
J P Humbert Auctioneers are already planning more ‘crime collection’ sales with a ‘Great Train Robbery Sale’ in February 2015 and a Ronnie Kray Sale in March 2015.
“Whilst crime does not pay – there are plenty of people willing to pay for crime related items,” he said.