Eric Clapton’s Love Letters to Pattie Boyd Amidst Love Triangle with George Harrison to Be Auctioned

In a fascinating glimpse into the intricate dynamics of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most famous love triangles, Eric Clapton’s heartfelt love letters to model icon Pattie Boyd, written during the tumultuous period of their affair amidst her marriage to George Harrison, are set to be auctioned by Christie’s next month.

Eric Clapton's love letters to Pattie Boyd amidst a love triangle with George Harrison to be auctioned, revealing raw emotions and complex relationships.
Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd and George Harrison. (photo: via people, david m. benett/dave benett/wireimage, kate green/getty, lester cohen/getty)

The collection, featuring two poignant letters penned by Clapton himself, offers a rare and intimate insight into the emotions and complexities that characterized this infamous love triangle.

Dated from the early 1970s, these letters capture Clapton’s raw vulnerability and profound affection for Boyd, as well as his desperate plea for clarity amid the tangled web of emotions.

In one of the letters, Clapton, then 78, candidly questions Boyd about her feelings towards her husband, George Harrison, whom she married in 1966. Expressing his own insecurities and longing, Clapton implores Boyd to reveal her true emotions, writing, “What I wish to ask you is if you still love your husband?…if there is still a feeling in your heart for me… you must let me know!” This heartfelt plea, coupled with Clapton’s insistence on written correspondence for discretion, underscores the intensity of their clandestine affair.

The second letter, written on a torn page from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, further delves into Clapton’s emotional turmoil and devotion to Boyd, affectionately referred to as Layla – a nickname that later inspired his iconic song.

“Dear Layla,” he begins, baring his soul as he questions his own worthiness and ardently professes his love, “Why do you hesitate, am I a poor lover…My love is yours.”

These deeply personal letters not only illuminate Clapton’s profound love for Boyd but also shed light on the internal struggles and conflicts that fueled their passionate yet tumultuous relationship.

Boyd’s connection with both Clapton and Harrison adds another layer of complexity to this poignant narrative. Having first met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964, Boyd’s marriage to the Beatles’ guitarist seemed idyllic, yet cracks began to surface amid Clapton’s persistent pursuit.

As Boyd candidly revealed in her memoir, Wonderful Today, her initial attraction to Clapton grew amidst marital discord, ultimately leading to her decision to leave Harrison for Clapton in 1974.

The auction not only includes Clapton’s love letters but also features a captivating array of personal items and memorabilia from Boyd’s collection.

From photographs capturing moments shared with Harrison to letters penned by Harrison himself, the collection offers a comprehensive retrospective of Boyd’s remarkable life and her enduring connections with two musical legends.

Among the highlights is the painting ‘La Jeune Fille au Bouquet’ by Emile Théodore Frandsen de Schomberg, a poignant symbol of Clapton’s affection for Harrison, gifted to him following his separation from Boyd.

This artwork, steeped in history and emotion, serves as a tangible reminder of the intricate bonds that intertwined the lives of these iconic figures.

As the auction approaches, anticipation mounts for collectors and enthusiasts eager to acquire a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history. The Pattie Boyd Collection promises not only a glimpse into the intimate world of one of music’s most iconic love triangles but also an opportunity to own a piece of personal memorabilia from a bygone era.

From Clapton’s passionate love letters to Boyd’s cherished mementos, this auction encapsulates the essence of a love story that captivated the world—a story of love, longing, and the enduring power of music to transcend boundaries and unite souls.

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