An insider’s view of Woodhill prison, sketched by notorious inmate Charles Bronson, is to be sold for thousands of pounds by local auctioneers.
The man branded Britain’s most violent prisoner is selling all his paintings and possessions – and even a piece of his beard – to pay for his elderly mother to go on holiday.
Sources say 61-year-old Mr Bronson wants to apologise to mum Eira after his latest outburst, when he smeared himself with Lurpak butter and attacked the boss of Woodhill prison.
The cash raised from his sketches should be more than enough to pay for an appeasing holiday, according to auctioneer Jonathan Humbert.
Previous paintings have been snapped up by cult followers of Mr Bronson for more than £1,000 each.
Said Mr Humbert: “From an individual who has spent most of his adult life in prison come pencil and crayon studies that show an intelligent, albeit troubled and frustrated mind working together with a capable and detailed hand.”
The works show“clear artistic merit,” he said.
“What is clear from the many stories that these items tell is that even though so many years have been served behind bars, the indomitable human condition still fights through with a clear sense of humour that prison walls cannot quell,” he added.
The sale takes place at J P Humbert auctioneers in Towcester on Thursday October 9, from 5pm. The catalogue can be viewed in advance on www.the-saleroom.com/pjhumbert.
Meanwhile, in a bid to shed his turbulent image, Mr Bronson recently changed his name to Charles Salvador, after artist Salvador Dali, and promised to behave in future.
He has now been moved from Woodhill and is currently serving his life sentence in Yorkshire’s HMP Full Sutton.