Formerly on long-term display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on loan from Joplin’s family, it’ll be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Driven By Disruption sale in New York on December 10. Are you cool enough to drive The Queen of Psychedelic Soul’s Porsche?
1965 Porsche 356 C 1600 Cabriolet by Reutter
Chassis no. 160371
One of the most important icons of rock â€˜nâ€™ roll history, this Porsche was purchased in 1968 by Janis Joplin, who immediately engaged Dave Richards, a friend and roadie with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, to customize the car with a kaleidoscopic mural. Described by Richards to represent â€˜The History of the Universeâ€™, the dramatic artwork included such graphics as butterflies and jellyfish, as well as a portrait of Joplin with members of the band. The finished product was as colorful as the singerâ€™s personality and certainly representative of the era – a one-of-a-kind flamboyant symbol of San Franciscoâ€™s psychedelic rock age. The car quickly became identified with Joplin, who was frequently seen driving it in period.
Following Joplinâ€™s untimely passing in 1970, the Porsche has remained in her familyâ€™s ownership ever since, was restored in the 1990s and has been on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland for two decades. It is offered at RMâ€™s New York auction on December 10th by her family and will be on display in Sothebyâ€™s 10th floor gallery in the days leading up to the sale.