Porsche 356 with Janis Joplin ownership staple fetches $1.7 million at auction image

The most expensive Porsche 356 that has been sold at a public auction is the 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet that belonged to Janis Joplin.

This is one Porsche with a pedigree that stares you right in the face – since it uses a truly psychedelic exterior pattern that would make even the most matte bright paintjob ever blush. This is the car Joplin bought back in 1968 and since she knew the Porsche has its own artist’s soul she decided hers would need some little bit of customization to be whole again – so she tapped friend and roadie Dave Richards to have it bestowed with a unique “History of the Universe” mural. According to RM Sotheby’s, this could be called one of the “first true ‘art cars’ and one of the most famous and important Porsches of all time.” We’re not arguing with them on this one since the model did fetch an astonishing price for this type of Porsche. That’s because during the recent Driven By Disruption auction in New York City the car became the object of passion among several people and the ensuing bidding war resulted in the record price that was way above the initial target for $400,000 to $600,000.

By the way, this means the road-going work of art won’t get to be admired by everybody as it was the case until now – after Joplin died the car ended up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio where it staid during the past two decades. Now Michael and Laura Joplin decided it was time to have it out of reach unfortunately.