How Charles Bronson Earned Thousands Behind Bars…and What He Spent All His Money On

The infamous Charles Bronson, one of Britain’s most violent prisoners, made a handsome sum even while behind bars.

Armed robber Bronson He spent nearly 50 years behind bars after his sentence was repeatedly increased for attacking prison staff and taking them hostage.

Charles Bronson became an artist while in prison


Charles Bronson became an artist while in prison
Bronson has made thousands of pounds from his paintings


Bronson has made thousands of pounds from his paintingsCredit: Splash News
Bronson sold a number of his paintings so he could send his mother on holiday


Bronson sold a number of his paintings so he could send his mother on holidayCredit: Splash News

He has managed to make thousands of pounds selling his artwork.

Recently he was reported to have been taking out dozens of paintings and drawings and selling them online for £24.95 each over the internet.

Titles include Bronson Dead, No More, Keep Dreaming, and Please Don’t Leave Me Here.

In July 2022 he raised thousands of pounds for charity after dozens of pieces of his artwork were offered at auction.

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The artwork grossed £2,655 although only half of the 30 coupons were snapped up.

Two other pieces, including a Globa Louis XV Vintage watch and a black trilby hat, both worn by Bronson, fetched another £680.

The sale was carried out by Surrey-based Ewbank’s Auctions and was an assistant to Psychological health Mind organization, as well as Hope House Hospice which supports children with critical illnesses.

A painting showing Bronson on the beach, called Fantasy Impression, sold for £1,000 while two others, Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum and Self Portrait went for £950 each.

His painting, Impression of Bedlam, fetched £680.

The artwork had gone under the hammer at auction in Towcester. Northamptonshirein 2014 so that Bronson could pay his mother’s leave.

Bronson had ordered the sale of eight lots after an attack was reported on 12 guards at HMP Woodhill in Milton KeynesAccording to auctioneer Jonathan Humbert of JB Humbert Auctions.

Humbert said Bronson wanted to make amends for his mother, who upset her by being involved in the accident.

Bronson, A Tottenham Hotspur One fan, has gone on a rampage while buttering up after arch-rivals in North London Arsenal Lifting the FA Cup.

The paintings belong to an East End gangster Ronnie Craywho died in 1995, was among 150 lots of his estate being sold by his second wife, Kate.

A spokesman for the auction house declined to say at the time who had bought the items but said it was a “good night” as only two items were sold.

Humbert said: “Charles Bronson recently spoke with 12 prison guards. In a letter to Kate Cray, he stated remorse for disturbing his mother and, therefore, asked if some of his artwork could be included in the sale in order to obtain funds to send his mother on holiday.” .

“The intimate and personal nature of Cray’s elements and these never-before-seen Bronson paintings show a real human side to these larger-than-life characters, and though they will polarize opinions, many, just like the individuals, are far from boring.”

Bronson, was Born Michael Gordon Peterson in 1952.

Bronson was first sentenced to seven years in prison for armed robbery in 1974 – extended by nine months after he attacked a fellow prisoner with a cruet.

He later attempts to strangle Gordon Robinson while in a hospital Broadmoorbefore causing £250,000 in damage when he staged a three-day rooftop protest.

Serial criminal He was eventually released in 1987, changing his name to Charles Bronson on the advice of the Naked Boxing promoter.

But it wasn’t long before he was back in prison, after he robbed a jewelry store in 1988 and was sentenced to seven more years inside.

Bronson was released early from his sentence in 1992 – but was back behind bars after 53 days with intent to commit robbery.

After taking three men hostage in his cell, the Lawton boy saw another seven years added to his sentence – although it was reduced to five on appeal.

After other incidents, he was finally sentenced to life imprisonment after he kidnapped a prison teacher in 1999, causing the destruction of the prison.

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The Kray Twins, along with their older brother Charlie, were notorious for running organized crime rackets in London’s East End in the 1950s and 1960s.

Both were jailed for life in 1969 for the murders of fellow mobsters George Cornell and Jack “The Hat” McVitie.

Bronson's paintings sell for up to £1,000 each


Bronson’s paintings sell for up to £1,000 eachCredit: Splash News
Bronson has spent most of his life behind bars


Bronson has spent most of his life behind barsCredit: Rex Features

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