At the RM Sotheby's "Driven By Disruption" auction in Manhattan, a 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet that was owned and customized by Janis Joplin sold for $1.76 million. As previously reported, the coupe was estimated to sell for roughly $500,000 but with seven bidders competing, the final price tag far surpassed those expectations.
The staggering sale price sets a benchmark as the highest price ever paid for a Porsche 356 at public auction. Pearl, as Joplin was often called, bought the German auto at a used car lot in 1968. She went on to enlist Dave Richards, of Big Brother and the Holding Company fame, in customizing the vehicle with a "History of the Universe" mural. When completed, psychedelic imagery covered the body from headlights to tailights.
Janis' siblings, Michael and Laura, offered the Porsche for auction after two decades on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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