Janis Joplin’s hand-painted Porsche to sell at RM Sotheby's

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Retro Ray

2015-09-15 15:32:31

Janis Joplin’s iconic hand-painted Porsche is heading to auction in New York later this year.

The 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet, featuring a suitably psychedelic paint job, will be offered at RM Sotheby's as part of the upcoming Driven by Disruption sale.

Joplin purchased the car in September 1968, and hired Dave Richards, her friend and roadie, to customize the car with a mural he entitled ‘The History of the Universe’. Featuring images of butterflies and jellyfish, as well as a portrait of Joplin with members of her band Big Brother and the Holding Company, the colourful car became a regular sight on the streets of San Francisco.

“Janis drove the car everywhere, all around San Francisco and down to Los Angeles when she was recording there," said Janis’s sister and biographer, Laura Joplin. "Wherever Janis went in the car, her fans recognized it. When she parked it and returned, there was always at least one fan note under the wipers.”

Following Joplin's untimely death in 1970, the Porsche has remained with her family and in the early 1990s was meticulously restored, before being exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Having spent the past 20 years on display at the museum, the car will now be sold with an estimated price in excess of $400,000.
“Janis Joplin’s 356C is without question one of the most important Porsches of all time,” says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s West Coast Division. “It’s a fantastic automobile that transcends art, pop culture and social movements, and is as groundbreaking and stunning as the renowned singer was herself.”

“As a titan of the creative movement of the late 1960s, Janis Joplin remains one of the music industry’s brightest stars. It is an honor to be working with her family in the sale of this magnificent Porsche and even more so to have the opportunity to showcase such an important woman’s ownership of a classic car.”

The RM Sotheby's Driven by Disruption sale, featuring cars which pushed the envelope of automotive engineering and design, takes place in New York on December 10.

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