The Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, were notorious gang leaders in East London in the 1950s and 60s. As young boys, they ended their boxing careers, and took to crime such as armed robbery, arson and hijacking.
By the 60s, they headed a criminal empire running bars and clubs in the swinging London scene and had many high profile friendships in the world of showbiz.
Recently, the Kray twins’ personal belongings brought in more than £100,000 at the Chiswick Auctions where 160 items including clothes, poems, letters and paintings were sold.
One buyer alone spent more than £50,000 on Kray brother items. The biggest seller was a pair of cufflinks belonging to Ronnie, which reached nearly £15,000.
The Kray twins, who were known for their immaculate appearance, were both jailed for murder in 1969.
Also sold at the auction was a letter from the French artist Francis Bacon, which fetched £7,400 and included photographs signed by actress Patsy Kensit, and musicians Barbara Streisand and Mark Knopfler.
I am astounded by what people want to get their hands on - and I do hope this doesn’t send the wrong signal to young people that crime pays off.
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