Paintings by Reggie Kray to go under the hammer

Artwork painted by notorious London gangster Reggie Kray while he was in prison will go up for auction next month.

One of the 'Tree Studies' up for auction on 2nd May. Credit: Cheffins/PA Wire

Two of the paintings, both titled "Tree Studies", were painted while Kray was in HM Prison Wayland in Norfolk and HM Prison Parkland on the Isle of Wight, according to the Cambridge auctioneer Cheffins.

The third piece of art up for sale, titled "Girl Bathing", is said to be an homage to Edgar Degas' "The Tub" and was painted when Kray was in HM Prison Norwich in 1986.

'Girl Bathing' is said to have been painted while Reggie Kray was in HM Prison Norwich. Credit: Cheffins/PA Wire

Kray was serving jail time for the murder of Jack "the Hat" McVitie when he painted the pieces.

Each painting is estimated to fetch between £200 and £400 when they go under the hammer on 2nd May.