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Charles Bronson Lurpak 'Rumble': Art Auction To Raise Funds To Send 'Upset' Mother On Holiday (PICTURES)

03/06/2014 11:30 BST | Updated 03/06/2014 11:59 BST

Artwork by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson will be auctioned this month, in order to raise money for his mother to go on holiday.

The sale by JM Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester, was organised as an apology to Bronson’s mother Eira, who was upset by her son’s latest outburst in prison, The Northampton Chronicle reports.

Earlier this month the 61-year-old smeared himself in Lurpak butter and took on 12 prison guards because Arsenal won the FA Cup.

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Charles Bronson took on 12 prison officers after smearing himself in Lurpak butter

Bronson’s work will go on sale alongside memorabilia belonging to late gangster Ronnie Kray, the newspaper writes.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “Bronson has developed a cult following and his paintings in the past have sold for up to £1,000.

“They are very interesting because they are so dainty to come from one of the most notoriously violent criminals in the UK. They give an insight into the more human side of a very troubled mind which is also clearly, very talented.”

The auction was arranged by Kray’s former wife Kate, who is in regular touch with Bronson.

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Bronson's art has sold for up to £1,000 in the past

News of the altercation at Full Sutton jail in York was revealed via a letter to Kate, which was seen by the Mirror.

Ardent Spurs fan Bronson admitted the “rumble” had left him with broken ribs after the Wembley match on 17 May.

In the letter dated 19 May, he wrote:

“Not good news. I’ve had another rumble. This time with a dozen riot mob on the yard.

“Obviously I had my reasons and I’d sooner swallow teeth than my pride. Sadly I came off worst – got smashed up ribs.

“Life goes on Kate! You won’t hear me moan!

“It was sunny! A scorcher! Arsenal was playing Hull. I so wanted Hull to win, coz I’m Spurs.

“I got Lurpak and spread it on thick. Then a small cloud appeared.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice told Huffington Post UK it would not comment on individuals.

Bronson was jailed for seven years in 1974 for armed robbery but has been locked up for much of the time since then following a string of violent incidents including assault, hostage-taking and damage.

His supporters insist he is a changed man, having undergone therapy behind bars.

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Muscle-bound Bronson greased himself up in the belief it would make it more difficult for officers to restrain him

Bronson, whose real name is Michael Gordon Peterson, was jailed for life in 1999 for taking a prison art teacher hostage for two days.

A judge ordered him to serve a minimum of four years but he has been regularly been refused parole and was kept in an isolation cell at HMP Wakefield known at the Hannibal cage.

In August last year, secretary of the Charlie Bronson Appeal Fund Lorraine Etherington said “We feel he’s served enough time. There are murderers who’ve got out after serving less time than Charlie.

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“He hasn’t killed or raped anyone.”

The former bare-knuckle boxer's story was told in critically-acclaimed 2008 film Bronson, which saw actor Tom Hardy in his first big role before becoming a Hollywood star.

Etherington added: "He is not a danger to the public - I would argue that he never has been a danger to the public.

"Out of pure frustration he has tried to get attention by taking hostages and causing trouble, but he knows today that is not the way forward.

"Despite having a lot of detractors, he has gained an awful lot of support for people who realise that beyond the name there is an injustice here."