London gangsters the Kray twins' letters sell for £20,780 at UK auction

What do Elton John and notorious London gangsters the Kray twins have in common? Both have sold their memorabilia for more than £46,000 at a UK auction.

Both auctions were held at the same venue, in the same evening with 150 people overall squeezing into Gorringes auction house.

Among the featured lots were more than 160 never-before-seen photographs and letters (apparently littered with spelling mistakes) formerly belonging to Ronnie and Reggie Kray.

The items were consigned by the twins' official biographer and confidante John Pearson. In the end, total sales reached £20,780, with highlights including a photograph of Ronnie with Tory peer Lord Boothby, sold for £550.


The Kray twins with their older brother Charlie (centre), photographed
by David Bailey in the 1960s

Boothby was among the litany of politicians and entertainers - including Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland - who met the Krays through their West End nightclub.

The Lord later sued the UK's Daily Mirror tabloid for alleging that he and Ronnie had a homosexual relationship.

Elsewhere, in another letter, Ronnie writes of receiving correspondence from Cliff Richard.

The Kray twins are the latest in a line of deceased gangsters to enjoy posthumous success at auctions around the world. Elsewhere, memorabilia linked to John Dillinger, Al Capone and Jacques Mesrine has also attracted collectors.

 

 

 

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