Pattie Boyd collection at Christie’s

A remarkable collection of items that offer a window into the private world of Pattie Boyd, the iconic model, muse, photographer and former wife of Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison, will go under the hammer at Christie’s in an online sale from March 8 to 22.

The Pattie Boyd Collection will be offered by Christie’s online from 8 to 22 March with all 116 lots open for browsing from 26 February.

A four-time Vogue cover-girl, Boyd is widely regarded as rock’s most legendary muse – as the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, she inspired some of the greatest love songs of all time. The sale is led by the original artwork chosen by Eric Clapton for the cover of Derek and The Dominos 1970 album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which has an estimate of £40,000-£60,000, original handwritten lyrics for George Harrison’s Mystical One, estimated at £30,000-50,000,nd  love letters, drawings, photographs, fashion, jewellery and watches. Estimates range from £300 to £60,000.


A successful fashion model in 1960s ‘Swinging London’, Pattie Boyd met future husband George Harrison on the set of the 1964 Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night. Their relationship put Boyd at the centre of Beatlemania and inspired the deeply in love George to write the enduring Beatles’ ballad Something. In 1970, Harrison’s close friend and fellow musician Eric Clapton declared his secret love for Boyd in the song Layla, Clapton’s secret nickname for Boyd. He borrowed the name from a 12th-century Persian tale of a man driven to madness by unattainable love. The track has since been hailed as one of the greatest love songs. Boyd also later inspired Clapton to pen the timeless Wonderful Tonight,  after she left Harrison to be with him in 1974. Eric and George remained friends throughout life.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison at their Surrey home, Kinfauns
Pattie Boyd and George Harrison at their Surrey home, Kinfauns, The Rose Garden, taken by Boyd.

Further highlights in the sal include:

The sale features intimate insights into music history’s most famed ‘love triangle’, including: two significant handwritten love letters from Eric Clapton in 1970, each with an estimate of £10,000-15,000; one urgently mailed to the Harrison home around the same time that he wrote his famous ode to unrequited love, Layla; a 1971 letter from George Harrison estimated at £10,000-15,000; a telegram from Eric, with a £1,000-£1,5000 estimate; and the original artwork used for the cover of the 1970 Derek and The Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, originally acquired by Clapton from the son of artist Frandsen De Schomberg during a 1970 stay at the artist’s home in France, when the guitarist was struck by the resemblance to the similarly blonde-haired Pattie Boyd, estimated at £40,000-60,000.

love letter from Eric Clapton to Pattie Bpyd written in 1970
The love letter from Eric Clapton written in 1970 carries an estimate of £10,000-£15,000

Music-related items in the sale include: a rare set of handwritten lyrics in Eric Clapton’s hand for an unreleased song Sweet Eloraine, estimated at £4,000-6,000; an original design doodle for an Apple Records LP label by George Harrison, with an estimate of £3,000-5,000; a rare set of complete handwritten lyrics in George Harrison’s hand for the song Mystical One, estimate of £30,000-50,000; and an Eric Clapton handwritten set list, carrying an estimate of £1,000-1,500.

polaroid photograph by Boyd of Eric Clapton with his favourtite Fender Stratocaster guitar
A unique polaroid photograph by Boyd of Eric Clapton with his favourtite Fender Stratocaster guitar

As both subject and photographer, portraits of Boyd and her circle range from: a set of original vintage photographs taken by Boyd during the Beatles’ historic stay at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India, in 1968, estimate of £3,000-£5,000; the striking Eric Swayne portrait which featured on the cover of Boyd’s 2022 photo book My Life in Pictures, estimated at £600-£800; Pattie and George at their Surrey home Kinfauns The Rose Garden taken by Boyd with an estimate of £4,000-£6,000; a chic Mirror Self-Portrait, estimated at £1,000-£1,500; and a unique Polaroid photograph by Boyd of Eric Clapton with his favourite Fender Stratocaster guitar, nicknamed ‘Blackie’, circa 1977, estimate of £800-£1,200).

The sale will also include a unique platinum print by Boyd of George on the Isle of Skye, estimate of £2,000-£3,000; an album of original vintage photographs from George and Pattie’s Barbados honeymoon, estimated at £2,000-£3,000; as well as a collection of original Polaroid photographs, largely taken during Boyd’s time with Clapton, with individual estimates ranging from £300.


A small group of jewellery and watches include: an art-deco diamond set cocktail watch, estimated at £4,000-£6,000; a Rolex watch with an estimate of £2,500-£4,000; and an articulated, enamelled silver and silver-gilt fairy pendant commissioned from Mick Milligan, estimated at £2,000-£3,000 – the latter two of which were gifts from Eric Clapton. Fashion lots include a psychedelic minidress by The Fool Collective, estimated at £1,000-£1,500 and a pale blue chinoiserie brocade ensemble by The Fool Collective, with an estimate of £800-£1,200.

Pattie Boyd commented on the sale: “I’m happy to let go of these things which I have treasured and loved for so many years. These items represent special moments in my life but now I think it’s time to move on and share what I have with others.”

Adrian Hume-Sayer, Director, Private & Iconic Collections and Head of Sale, Christie’s London, commented: “Pattie Boyd’s extraordinary life and career chart some of the key moments of the cultural revolution that changed the world in the 1960s. This unique collection includes an array of cherished personal letters, photographs and mementoes, which provide a tangible link to that amazing time. Pattie’s passion for photography also provides a glimpse from behind the lens adding further colour to the intimate portrait of her life in the spotlight alongside two of history’s most iconic musicians. This auction offers collectors, fans and enthusiasts an unparalleled chance to see and own a piece of cultural history – everyone is welcome.”

The full sale will be on public view at Christie’s headquarters in London from March 15 to 21.