She bemoaned that what she really wanted was a Mercedes-Benz, but the rock goddess that is Janis Joplin famously owned a Porsche featuring a wonderfully over the top psychedelic paint job.
The 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet sold at a New York City auction on Thursday this week for a whopping $1,760,000, a huge sum that includes a 10-percent buyer’s premium.
The purchase price for this brilliant piece of rock memorabilia, had been estimated to fetch between $400,000 and $700,000, and its sales price, $1,760,000, sets a new record for the amount any Porsche 356 has brought in at a public auction.
Janis purchased the sporty Porsche from a used-car lot in 1968, and then enlisted Dave Richards her friend and roadie with her group Big Brother and the Holding Company to give it the psychedelic paint job.
Not dissimilar to John Lennon’s Rolls Royce, Dave Richards’ paint job created a groovy mural that depicted “The History of the Universe.” Joplin drove the car regularly until her untimely death from a heroin overdose at age 27 in October 1970.
Joplin’s siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin, who jointly owned the Porsche since 1973, decided to put it on the auction block, and prior to the car’s sale on Thursday, it had spent the last 20 years on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
During the auction, seven collectors fought it out for the Porsche—both on site and via the phone. Let’s hope the eventual winning bidder enjoys it as much a Janis did.