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UK’s most violent prisoner Charles Bronson’s art selling for hundreds on eBay

Artwork by Britain's most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson is being sold for hundreds of pounds on eBay.

Bronson is infamous for his many acts of violence inside prison that have led him spending most of his adult life in jail after initially being convicted of armed robbery in 1974.

While in segregation, he wrote many books on his experiences but has since branched out into paintings and illustrations.

His dedication and love of art is also demonstrated through his name after he decided to change it to Charles Salvador in tribute to his favourite artist Salvador Dali.

Bronson’s work is now available through multiple sellers online with some stating it has been authenticated by Bronson’s long-lost son George Bamby.

The variety of work up for sale, ranging from £180 to £1,350, has reportedly been hand-drawn by Bronson and signed by him.

All the work on eBay also appears to be early creations from prison with the pieces being signing by Bronson rather than Salvador.

His artwork ranges from what appears to be Christmas Cards, depiction of prison life and a tribute to his friend and notorious London gangster Ronnie Kray.

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Bronson’s work has been auctioned off many times in the past, including to raise money for his mother to have a holiday while one of his pieces raised funds to help the treatment of a child with cerebral palsy.

Through his art, he managed to start the Charles Salvador Art Foundation to promote his work and also help people in less fortunate positions to participate in the activity.

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Bronson’s notoriety began in 1988 when he was sent to prison for a second time after robbing a jewellery store to buy a ring for his girlfriend.

He went on to attack prison officers, prisoners and even threw water on the governor before causing a one-man riot in the nude while brandishing a homemade spear from a broom handle and a glass bottle.

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Bronson also took a doctor hostage in 1996 when he was sent to Belmarsh Prison before taking two Iraqi hijackers and another inmate hostage after one of the hijackers did not apologise after bumping into him.

He was found to be singing and laughing as he forced the hostages to tickle his feet, according to his book.

On one occasion in 1999, an education worker criticised his artwork and sent Bronson into a rage, reportedly throwing furniture and a refrigerator as he took the male civilian hostage for 44 hours.

One of his more recent crimes in prison saw him attack a prison governor in a row over his mail.

Bronson’s life inside has become a fascination to many and was also loosely depicted in a film starring actor Tom Hardy.

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