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December 20, 2015

Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Took the Bidding Higher and Higher

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Long story short: her 1965 Porsche 356c cabriolet was estimated pre-auction to bring $400,000 but people went crazy and before you know it the hammer at the Sotheby's "Driven by Disruption" sale on December 10 came down as the auctioneer cried "Sold for $1.7 million."

The buyer remains unknown.

From a September 2015 report on CNBC

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"She was the hippy diva of anti-materialism, the queen of rock 'n' roll who famously crooned, 'Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedez-Benz?'"

"But in real life, Janis Joplin owned a Porsche — a car that will soon be sold at auction, and could fetch upwards of $400,000."

"Joplin bought the car [used for $3,500] in 1968 [from a dealer in Beverly Hills], two years before she recorded her last song, 'Mercedes Benz,'

with lyrics that went, 'My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.'"

"After buying the oyster white car, Joplin had Dave Richards, a friend and roadie, paint it with a psychedelic mural. The painting, depicting 'The History of the Universe,' includes images of butterflies and jellyfish, as well as portrayals of Joplin and her band."

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"Joplin drove the car through San Francisco and to her recording studio in Los Angeles. Fans often left notes under the windshield when she left it parked."

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"'Like most people and their car of choice, her Porsche is a direct link to Janis,' said Michael Joplin, Janis' brother. 'She drove it everywhere  —and with everyone that was anyone in the San Francisco music scene — with the top down and her feathers flying. Her music, life, and car are a part of rock and roll history.'"

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From lifebuzz:

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"Janis decided the oyster white Porsche didn't suit her and commissioned one of her roadies, Dave Roberts, to give it a psychedelic face lift. It took Roberts a month to complete the paint job. The car became one of the most recognizable vehicles in the San Francisco area."

"In 1969 it was stolen. The thief, realizing the car would be [all] too recognizable, spray-painted it grey. The car was later recovered and the mural restored. After Janis' death [in 1970 at age 27 of a heroin overdose], the car was used as a courtesy car by her manager, Albert Grossman. The car fell into disrepair and was taken back by the Joplin family and restored. The car has been on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1995."

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Take another little piece of my heart.

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