There has been interest from around the world in Kray memorabilia due to be auctioned in Northamptonshire next week.
A sale next week of items belonging to the infamous Ronnie Kray has already attracted a huge amount of global interest.
Jonathan Humbert, managing director of J P Humbert Auctioneers Ltd of Towcester, said that there had already been remarkable interest and already hundreds of registrants for the auction of the 150 items of Kray memorabilia.
Mr Humbert said: “The sale isn’t until 5pm on Tuesday 17 June but we have tens of thousands of pounds worth of pre-sale ‘commission’ bids and this figure is increasing daily.”
Among the items for sale are hand-written letters, personal mementos, the contents of Ronnie Krays’ Broadmoor prison cell, jewellery, clothing and watches.
Mr Humbert said: “We are also having a lot of interest in the original artwork that Ronnie Kray painted. His paintings are undoubtedly increasing in value and many people see them as a wise investment for the future. And with the excellent provenance these items have, the paintings are sure to attract global bids.
“The paintings are a clear expression of Ronnie Kray’s mindset. There is a painting of a crucifix and one of a caged bird. Both the crucifix and his birdcage clock, from his Broadmoor cell, are included in the auction.
“Another painting is of him and Kate (Kray) with a cottage beyond - no doubt a dream never to be realised.’
The items are being sold by Kray’s second wife, Kate Kray. A proportion of the sale proceeds will go to charity.