Auction of Pattie Boyd's valuables exceeds expectations at $3.6 million.    

London — On Friday, the online auction of Pattie Boyd's (the swinging 60s icon) extensive collection of letters, photographs, and other memorabilia came to a close, and it's reasonable to say that it exceeded everyone's expectations.

An online auction of The Pattie Boyd Collection by the illustrious Christie's realized 2.82 million pounds ($3.6 million), more than seven times the 380,000 pounds high estimate that had been set before the sale.

Held at Christie's London offices, the collection offered a window into the counterculture of the '60s and '70s. It was on public exhibit last Friday.

Along with apparel, jewelry, sketches, and photographs—some of Boyd's and some of her own—the 111 lots on offer featured loving letters from her legendary rock star husbands, George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

The interest from around the world in these unique artifacts, which Boyd has cherished for a long time, has "blown me away," she added. "I am overjoyed that they are about to embark on new 'chapters,' where they will be enjoyed by new hearts. I would tell individuals to chase their dreams and savor every moment of life since I am fortunate that my current life is full of exciting experiences that keep me happy.

Boyd, who is 79 years old, is well-known for being a musical muse. Harrison wrote the song "Something" for her, which the Beatles later sang. She also inspired Clapton's fiery "Layla" and the tender "Wonderful Tonight."

Claudio Argento's original cover art for Derek and the Dominos' 1970 album "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" for about 2 million pounds ($2.5 million), which was 33 times the pre-sale high estimate, making it the most remarkable individual transaction.

The "wonderful outcomes of this historic auction are a true tribute to Pattie Boyd, model, photographer, inspiration, and icon," remarked Adrian Hume-Sayer of Christie's London.

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