Disturbing masks made by Ronnie Kray go up for sale in Eastbourne

One of the masks made my Ronnie Kray while in prison
One of the masks made my Ronnie Kray while in prison

Disturbing masks made Ronnie Kray while in prison are set to go up for sale in an Eastbourne auction.

Four of the creepy papier-mâché masks made by the notorious gangster are to be sold at the auction on Thursday for £500 each.

One of the masks made my Ronnie Kray while in prison

One of the masks made my Ronnie Kray while in prison

The masks – which resemble a walrus, devil, and two grotesque faces – were made during art sessions in the high security E wing of Durham jail while Kray was serving a sentence for murder around 1969.

They had been given to prison officer Joe Rix who hung them up in the pub he was a landlord of, before being passed on to the current vendor, a hospital worker who has owned them for years.

Jeanette May, a specialist at the auctioneers, said, “When I went to pick them up I thought they were going to be flowery like their paintings – I got quite a shock.

“They are really dark and really give an insight into this man, who was later sectioned.

One of the masks made my Ronnie Kray while in prison

One of the masks made my Ronnie Kray while in prison

“You never know what you’re going to get in Eastbourne. I’m always looking for interesting items and we pride ourselves on finding the unusual.”

Visit www.eastbourneauction.com to view the items and take part in the live auction on Thursday.

One of the masks made my Ronnie Kray while in prison

One of the masks made my Ronnie Kray while in prison