Tuesday 25 October 2016

Kray letters to writer may fetch up to €21k


A collection of more than 200 letters written by one of the UK's most notorious gangsters is expected to fetch about £15,000 (€21,000) at auction.

The 215 letters written by Reggie Kray between 1988 and 1991 during his time in Maidstone Prison detail conversations between the gangster and his ghostwriter Carol Clerk as they worked on his autobiography, Born Fighter.

Notes could not be taken during prison visits, so the gangster wrote down his thoughts and posted them after meetings.

The letters are said to contain "bizarre ideas and storylines" for the autobiography and will be sold at McTear's auctioneers in Glasgow on June 2.


In the book, published in 1990, Kray tells how he and identical twin brother Ronnie created their infamous crime empire in the East End of London through violence and intimidation in the 1950s and 1960s.

They were both jailed for life in 1969 for the murders of fellow gangsters George Cornell and Jack 'The Hat' McVitie.

Ronnie Kray died of a heart attack in prison in 1995 while Reggie died of terminal cancer five years later, only weeks after he was granted compassionate release from prison because of his illness.

The collection of letters, which also includes a signed copy of Born Fighter, is valued at up to €21,000.

Dozens of the Krays' belongings have previously been sold at auctions across the UK.

In 2013, two oil paintings by Reggie were sold for €1,500.

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