While hippie music legend Janis Joplin May have squalled lyrics asking, “Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz”, when it came time to purchase, she went for a popular Porsche. The Porsche was the car of that era for celebrities and musicians, with such curb appeal that even the self-proclaimed anti-materialistic Joplin could not resist her charms.
That psychedelic Janis Joplin Porsche is now up for auction at the RM Sotheby’s “Driven by Disruption” sale coming in December 2015.
Janis Joplin’s Porsche is expected to net around $400,000 when it changes hands at the sale. The 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet was originally a mute white, which simply did no suite the star’s style. Joplin customized the car with a distinctive hippy mural called ‘The History of the Universe”, which was painted by roadie Dave Richards. There are images of jellyfish and butterflies and all things imaginable for that era. Far out, man.
Joplin’s brother, Michael Joplin, stated the following on the flashy Porsche: “Like most people and their car of choice, her Porsche is a direct link to Janis. 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.” She often parked it outside of her recording studio and fans would leave notes and gifts on it for the star.
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