A 1964 Porsche 356 that names Janis Joplin among its past owners has sold for $1.76 million.
The car, sold by RM Sotheby’s, was expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000. The sales prices includes a 10% commission for the auction house.
Joplin bought the Porsche in 1968 and painted it from bumper to bumper and door to door, in a mura that features: landscapes, birds, butterflies, floating eyes, mushrooms and skull-like faces.
While celebrity ownership doesn’t typically increase the value of a vehicle that much, the car was a regular staple in Joplin’s life. She was often seen driving the car.
On the day she died in 1970 at age 27, it was her Porsche parked in a hotel’s garage that let fans know it was her who passed away.
Ownership of the car went to her siblings, Michael and Laura Joplin, who shared it nearly about 30 years. After a while, the paint started to flake so they had it painted over in light gray.
“We needed to save the car,” said Michael.
A monstrous face on the underside of the fuel filler door, remained uncovered.
After a while, Joplin’s siblings had artists work from the original photographs to retore the original artwork.
Joplin’s 95-horsepower sports car remains in strong running condition.
In 1995, Michael and Laura Joplin loaned the Porsche to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. It has mostly remained there for the past 20 years.
Money raised from the sale will be used to support local programs in Joplin’s name.