Tom Hardy in Legend, as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray Image via the Guardian Tom Hardy in Legend, as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray
Image via the Guardian

The tale of the London gangsters has created pop-culture figures out of them. Both David Bailey's 1966 photographs of the criminals and John Pearson 1969 book The Profession of Violence, which the film is based on, put the Kray's in the history books, not only as criminals but as recognisable figures in the underbelly of London's history.

This meeting of art and crime has inspired Barnebys to take a look at crimes which have spurred artists, check out the selection here of art and film pieces. Don't forget to click on the item to check it out.

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 14.30.39 David Bailey, The Kray Brothers,1965
Silver print, printed 1984. Signed in ink in the lower margin, signed in pencil on the reverse, and titled, dated and numbered 4 in pencil in the photographer's copyright stamp.
Estimate: £8 000-12 000

Photographer David Bailey photographed the notorious London criminals of the 1960s. Bailey commented in 2014 about the time he spent with the brothers: "I did everyone a favour by making them famous."

"If you are a real gangster nobody knows who you are, so their big mistake was posing for me."

3 years after these photographs were taken, the brothers were sent to prison for murder. Ronnie died in prison at the age of 61, whilst Reggie was released in 2000 on passionate grounds, due to his poor health, and died shortly after.

1441232206-srneyiagzuiaaihvmozz-xl Russell Young, Kate Moss and Pete Doherty (Myra Hindley and Ian Brady), 2007
Acrylic paint screenprint on Somerset paper
Edition of 20
5 AP
Signed and numbered in pencil on lower right, recto
Estimate $2 000 - $3 000

Russell Young's photographs of famous or cult figures concern issues of celebrity and image. Here, he captures model Kate Moss and musician Pete Doherty while imitating Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, known as the Moors murderers.

The haunting mug shots of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are a reminder of another pair of notorious criminals of the sixties. Between July 1963 and October 1965, in and around Greater Manchester, the pair murdered five children. Hindley was slammed in the press as "the most evil woman in Britain" and their trials were reported throughout the English speaking world.

1441232283-nb1cvjskb7dkubif43am All City Propaganda (Set of Four), Shepard Fairey, 2005- 2009
Edition of 200
Signed and dated in pencil on lower right, recto (each); numbered in pencil on lower left, recto (each)
Estimate $4 000 - $6 000

Street artist Shepard Fairey, who has had a few run-ins with the law regarding illegal artwork he has carried out, is currently waiting to go to trial in Detroit. He is accused of placing illegal artwork in the city in May 2015, the same time he was commissioned by the city to complete a mural. Read more about the case here.

207013_0 Roger Gastman,Tools of Criminal Mischief
Estimate: $200-400

img1med Gustave's prison costume from the Wes Anderson comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) wore this style of costume during his time in prison after he was falsely accused of murdering wealthy hotel client Madame D. (Tilda Swinton).
Estimate: £400-600

img1med Dixie Dwyer’s (Richard Gere) tuxedo jacket from Francis Ford Coppola’s crime drama The Cotton Club
Estimate: £600-800