Unseen photos of Beatles taken by ex-wife of George Harrison to go on show

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Intimate portraits of the late Beatle George Harrison and rock guitarist Eric Clapton by the woman who shared both their lives are to go on display for the first time in Britain next month in Liverpool.

The photographs by Pattie Boyd show the Beatles at leisure away from the public gaze. Boyd was married to Beatles guitarist George Harrison until 1977, and two years later she married rock guitarist Eric Clapton.

Boyd's 'George, Eric and Me' exhibition takes place at the Beatles Story, the award-winning museum in Liverpool charting the history of the famous pop band who shot to fame in the 1960s to become global stars.

Her collection of candid photographs captures the music icons and their friends, such as The Rolling Stone's Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.

Boyd, 71, will attend the opening of the exhibition at The Beatles Story on May 5 and her personal collection will be on display for visitors to view until Oct. 1, 2016, giving a glimpse into the private lives of two of the most revered musicians of all time. The images will go on display alongside five of Boyd's dresses.

She first met George Harrison during filming of A Hard Day's Night in 1964 when she played a schoolgirl, but initially declined Harrison's offer of a date.

Days later, the pair went out to a club, chaperoned by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and according to Boyd the first thing Harrison asked her was: "Will you marry me?"

The photographer and former model was married to both George Harrison, from 1966 to 1977, and Eric Clapton from 1979 to 1989.

George and Eric were close friends but during Boyd's marriage to the Beatle, Clapton who found fame in the 1960s with his rock group Cream and also as a solo artist, fell in love with her.

During the late 1960s, George and Eric became close friends and began writing and recording songs together.

Boyd said: "The Beatles legacy seems to get bigger and bigger and after 50 years and shows no sign of fading."

Martin King, of The Beatles Story, said: "These photos are more than just icons in the frame, they are incredibly intimate and heartfelt -- perhaps some of the most moving and intriguing in all Beatles and musical lore." Endit

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